Unexpected Layoff/Fired (M.S.)

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I was laidoff few days ago on July 31st in the most surprising way. My superior and I had a meeting schedule early morning on that day for an over due annual review. The moment I joined the conference call I noticed something wasn’t right because HR manager was also in the the call. My superior started with “after reviewing where the company’s headed to, we no longer need your role effective immediately.” Few hour later, I received many messages from my ex-colleagues in another regional office with question marks. By evening, I learned that the company is downsizing and laying off from other bigger offices- Shanghai and London. Anyways, is this how layoffs work? No heads-up or at least a rumor? The entire process was less than 5 minutes- returned keys, access card, computer, sweep my personal items from desk into a box and I was out the door. I was so numb I has to sit in my car for about an hour to process it in my head. I’m devistated as I have my wedding coming up in few months and my financial plans wont work out if I were to remain jobless.

My last question is- I have a job interview soon which was arranged BEFORE the layoff (I didnt expect a layoff, I was continuously looking for opportunities to another department). In this case, should I mention that I was laidoff? Or should I keep this quiet?

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TOP 23 Comments
  • Bose newbie10
    First get the job and then don’t tell them
    Aug 2 0
  • Uber
    bobaboi

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    How come I can’t type bitch anywhere else but in this bio 🧐
    bobaboimore
    I hope things work out well for you
    Aug 2 1
    • New / Sales
      Tlqkf!

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      Thanks for your kind words. I really hope so too.
      Aug 2
  • Twitter SFetall
    If they don’t ask, don’t tell. And yes, this is how layoffs work - mostly for legal reasons. It’s sad. Best wishes.
    Aug 2 2
    • Yelp / Eng sJJv80
      Legal reasons? Bullshit. It’s not illegal to give someone more than 30 minutes notice.
      Aug 3
    • Amazon аlv
      It’s not sad. The reason it’s done that way is because it’s bad for morale if they drag on for months and people are like “Did you hear that they laid off Jack? Booohoo 😢😭🤧. I wonder who’s next.”
      Aug 3
  • Microsoft / Eng chrisyy
    keep quiet just do whatever is good for you, company is a machine, ruthless
    Aug 2 0
  • Intel LG75
    If they don’t ask, don’t tell them
    Aug 2 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    UTukMyJerb

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    Which company?
    Aug 3 2
    • SolarWinds AnEngineer
      Yes, this is why we use blind. Give us a name.
      Aug 3
    • New / Sales
      Tlqkf!

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      It’s a German company. Not tech sector.
      Aug 5
  • imec / R&D upi
    TLQKF,
    It's important for you to remember, that almost every time, when someone gets laid off, it's a business decisionand has nothing to do with the performance of the individual. Technically, this had nothing to do with you, or your performance and you are not defined by this setback, but by how you will pick yourself up, persevere, and win in the end. I've been laid off once, it sucks, but I think it made me more resilient and experienced. Stay strong! Best of luck!
    Aug 3 0
  • New WfwS34
    I was laid off from Liferay after only a month of being there. That initial shock isn't fun. You'll make it through this op.
    Aug 3 0
  • Intuit what!
    This shall too pass! Its difficult but once you are through this you will come out stronger and better. Have faith in your abilities and leverage blind for finding a new job. You will be just fine... Spend some time doing the thing which you like the most.
    Best wishes! You will crack an awesome job soon. Message me then ;)
    Aug 3 0
  • Salesforce DREAMkid
    Consider it as blessing in disguise. Look at the bright side and keep pushing. I'm sure you'll find up somewhere nice.
    Aug 2 0
  • New dVOV83
    Thank god you were looking. Don't mention the layoff. Screw your old company
    Aug 3 0
  • Uber / Eng itsdara
    This is how they should lay off: Shock and Awe. No time for gossip at work and everyone goes home with their families. I've been there. Usually the company you come from is so bad nobody will bother asking why you're applying for a job
    Aug 3 0
  • VMware ItsAlrite
    Did you get any money from the company as pet of the layoff?
    Aug 3 1
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      Tlqkf!

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      No severance pay was mentioned. I’ve reached out to HR and accounting for severance pay and July’s expense reimbursements over the weekend. No reply yet.
      Aug 5
  • Amazon I5swfi
    Scary...
    Aug 2 0
  • Microsoft / Eng xOra04
    Good luck with your interview
    Aug 2 0
  • Similar situation for me.. same day as well. Only difference is I hadn't been looking for another role.. should have seen the writing on the wall. They did give 4 wks sev and when I asked for more, they declined. Havent signed ppwk yet tho.
    Aug 25 0
  • Microsoft TiFW02
    Sounds like Microsoft
    Aug 3 0

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