BLUF: My division is merging with another division and I would like some advise from those who have been through a similar merger.

Here is the background. I am in management for a division of a large multi-national company.  Our parent company has acquired another company and is merging it in with our division. The company is in the process of integrating where overlap exists in functions/responsibilities etc…  Many of the leadership & management changes have gone to employees of the newly acquired division and not the employees of my division. My performance is and has been very good (top 10%), so to date I have just been continuing to perform and “hope” things work out.  It appears, however, that I will soon be reporting to a manager from the newly acquired company.  I know very little about this manager and have met her only once.  Any suggestions are much appreciated

jhack's picture

Have you listened to this two part series?


John Hack

stevesim's picture


The 2-part series John Hack mentions above is the best place to start.  Since a merger usually means a whole new set of relationships to be built, you might also want to listen to the 2-part series "Jump Starting Internal Customer Relationships" - Manager Tools 11/26/2006 and 13/3/2006.   If as part of the merger you will be relocating to a new office or inheriting a new team in a location where you can readily meet with them, you might want to listen to "New Job Day One - Do It Yourself" for some tips on integrating yourself into a new environment.

Steve Simmons

Jrlz's picture

JHack and Stevesim, thanks for the suggestions.  I will go back and listen to the podcasts you suggested.  I did not think of the "New Job Day One" podcast and had not looked at the merger that way - great suggestion.

jhack's picture

 and after listening to the casts, don't be shy about asking follow up questions.  Some of us have been through M&A wringers more than once...

John Hack