Looks like we’re getting hit. I’m not positive if I’m impacted or not. Any advice?
- eBay YAgV34Embrace the layoffs. This is an opportunity to get some well deserved time off before the next career move
- It's awful though to see a company you love and admire fail so spectacularly because they have a habit of hiring in the worst managers from the most toxic companies in the world. Then when they predictably fail, they avoid blame by sacrificing innocent developers/QA/IT/etc to cover their failures.
At least the innocents get some kind of severance when they get cast aside, but it's all so senseless and it'll keep happening because this company's management is the real problem. The org is too incompetent to spot and fix that.Feb 1030
- Cruise Automation wutbI'm a huge proponent of taking time off between jobs and have probably done so to excess, but I wonder if it's a good idea to do so during such a tight labor market. I'm sure you'll still be hireable, but locking in comp while employers are so desperate seems like a good idea
- Also, never take it personally. Someone from the top makes a decision — usually finance-related — and the proverbial shit rolls downhill. If the unfortunate happens, do as Bruce Lee says:
“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
- Here’s my list from a past lay-off. Missing numbers are ones I removed as they were specific to me.
1. Go into office, clean desk in advance. If it happens it will want to exit the building quickly.
2. Order Employee Software, to the max
3. Get all fitness reimbursements
4. Back up all data
5. Print out all contacts / save to cloud
6. Be ready to wipe HD’s
7. Update LinkedIn, Resume
8. Freshen contacts with a what’s up, esp at companies where I want I want to go next
10. Check all other employee discounts, aapl etc.
11. Research cell phone porting
12. Strategize RE: stock options and savings
13. (on layof, liquidatestocks and funds etc to make sure cash flow is solid for a while
14. (on layoff) Meet w. Accountant to strategize stock liquidation plans re tax
15. Explore partner’s Open Enrollment and benefits vs cobra
- Pinterest JEJM77More immediately, download your W-2 and any other forms you may need (benefit information for the next few weeks, work authorization, etc.), back up any personal files you want to save, make sure there’s nothing you’ll be sad about losing if you get cut off Monday morning at 8 AM
- P&G Xkzq46Yeah, but he’s saying get your electronic shit. A copy of your insurance policy (COBRA) a copy of the termination policy, a copy of your performance reviews, a copy of your pay stubs. Get all of it now. Security may mail your shit back to you, but they’re not going to get those things off the intranet for you
- Update your LinkedIn and turn on the I am actively looking setting. I've been laid of three times in the last four years and nothing boosts morale more than getting recruiters' calls the day of the layoff. My TC more than tripled as a result of the job changings.
- Comcast cmr1222This is the never ending cycle of making profits, squeezing employees to extract more profits and the end results always turn out the same. The public gets spooked, recession and resurgence. When will we learn new tricks?
- Amazon UTukMyJerbOP where are you based and what's your title and YOE. I have a few roles to fill.
- Layoffs ate over hyped.
I've seen people --even those without mortgages-- fear layoffs instead of celebrating that they are getting a 3-6 month severance pay.
If only I could get laid off with a 6 month severance, I'd be celebrating!!
- Depends on how much you like your current position and how good the overall market is. In 2002, you could have been looking for a job for a year as one of the top 5% of engineers and it would have been a hit or miss. Some of the people who kept their jobs were not even close to the best, but were at the right place at the right time
- Vungle pyTP81Keep your chin up. These layoffs are the result of decisions most likely outside of your control. Don’t take it personally. If you can, try to setup 1:1’s with anyone in the company who has been supportive of you and your work during your time there. You never know where people will end up. This is a relatively small industry, doors will open. It may not happen right away but try to use the time, however long it may be, to do a thorough gut check to figure out the right next move for you, your passions.
It’ll all work out. It probably doesn’t feel like it atm but it will.
- Expedia SmurfetteCopy any non-confidential materials you don’t want to lose - kudos emails, annual reviews, presentations you’ve made, names of people you want to stay in touch with etc - to a jump drive or email them to a personal account, in case you are terminated immediately and won’t be able to get back to your accounts.
- Tableau HyperJesusGet out of the gaming industry. Or just accept that this will always be your fate.
- No matter what is (or was?) your TC, apply for Unemployment benefit. Every little bit help since your income will go from $$$ to $0.
- You get reduced benefit, depending on the state.
Had a friend who was laid off in 2008. With the severance (IIRC it was just for 2 months, not much) and unemployment benefit, he stayed at home and honed his skills while looking for jobs full time (networking, attending talks, applying online, etc). He got a job soon after.
- New chochiEven if you get a fat severance, don't wait to start your search for something new. It can take forever -- like way longer than you might expect.
- One time I was told I was being laid off. The first thing I did was maintain a positive attitude in the office.
The second thing that I did was listen to advice from an old-timer at the office. He said make a list of all the things that you do for the company and give it to the manager (or whomever is staying). Let the manager know that these are the things that may have to be done when you're gone. Don't make it seem like you're giving the list to try to save your job genuinely make it seem as if you're worried about business continuity.
Literally on my final day they changed their mind and let me stay. I think what enabled me to stay was my attitude after receiving the news. I do think providing a list is a nice gesture and it may help. However I don't know how well that would work if an entire department gets laid off.
- Yes I understand that this is rare but what I have done. This happened to me when I work at Caterpillar.
One time when I worked at Dell they gave me five weeks notice but I stayed positive and got another job internally.
Both companies I ended up leaving. Living under the stress of losing your job is no way to live!
- Blue apron ImvisitingGrin and bear it. Cause it happens. And it will happen again. And it’s not personal.
- OnDeck GPgj02Bring a recording device and get HR to say something that you can use to sue the company.