Whole team laid off. No notice period given. Is this common?

New / Eng Braap
Feb 4 25 Comments

I worked as a hardware engineer at a food/tech company in Southern California. There were around 100 people at their main office. Last week, they decided to lay off the whole hardware department- engineers, engineering manager and the department head. HR walked in on a Thursday and told us that the following day would be our last day. We received 2-4 weeks of severance pay (depending on our time with the company).

I don’t want to get into details but there were “issues” between the hardware and software teams. And I heard that it was the head of the software department who convinced higher ups that we don’t need a hardware department.

Not asking if this is morally correct. But is this something usual? How do you ensure job security?

I had seen some people in this company not sharing passwords or not granting certain privileges to other engineers. Is that a way of maintaining job security?

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  • New DuQvV7x
    There is no job security.

    There is no job security.

    There is no job security.

    Repeat this every morning till it sinks in.

    Such is the nature of at-will employment
    Feb 4 1
    • A10 Networks / Eng
      El_Kabong

      A10 Networks Eng

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      El_Kabongmore
      Here’s a nugget of #truth on Blind.

      All I owe my employer is an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. Rinse and repeat. If I get a better offer, I’m gone.
      Feb 6
  • Google sobaz15
    Not being cooperative is a great way to convince upper management that you're more trouble than you're worth.
    Feb 4 1
    • Glassdoor yyyyyyyyy
      Dude the guy was just laid off, you hearthless robot
      Feb 4
  • Bank of America Quackers
    Sounds like a toxic culture and a company you don't want to be a part of but not completely unheard of as long as they give a reasonable severance.
    Feb 4 1
    • New Califia
      For some reason I wasn’t sad, but relieved that I did not have to come to work the next day.
      Feb 4
  • Microsoft / Eng MissingNo.
    Lol this is probably Soylent
    Feb 4 1
    • Vertivco / Eng
      FastPapuan

      Vertivco Eng

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      FastPapuanmore
      Snack Nation?
      Feb 4
  • Compass / Eng
    FUPayMe

    Compass Eng

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    FUPayMemore
    Name and shame.
    Feb 4 2
    • New Califia
      The moment I get my severance in the bank
      Feb 4
    • BlackRock Lary
      You can’t do it after that too .. that’s what you agree to on the severance agreement
      Feb 4
  • Microsoft / Eng gjwjzh
    Join a non shitty company like MS? Its pretty obvious how to avoid layoff here, have relevant skills and add value... we rarely lay off valuable devs. Even when we cut big products like wphone, we reassigned almost everyone.
    Feb 4 4
    • Applied Material VtKJ67
      never say never. in the end, everyone is expendable.
      Feb 5
    • Microsoft / Eng gjwjzh
      Whatever. I was told I was being laid off at MS and then a few days later given a few choices of teams I could join without interview. So I think MS at least tries
      Feb 5
    • Applied Material VtKJ67
      again, everyone is expendable, even management. board of directors and shareholders run the show.
      Feb 5
    • PayPal RockyPatel
      MS is a standup company that treats people right. Been there.
      Feb 15
  • New Califia
    This is FreshRealm in Ventura, CA.
    Feb 4 0
  • Uber BarH
    Nah this is Def muchery
    Feb 4 0
  • New flippy
    It's going to be more and more common. Winter is coming.
    Feb 4 1
    • Microsoft / Other kobf&hd36
      Yup, it's been a while since the tech scene has experienced this, but the party won't last forever and this will be common again.
      Feb 4
  • Tektronix / Sales
    BlueBerd

    Tektronix Sales

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    Oracle
    BlueBerdmore
    That is rough. I feel for you and your team.
    Feb 4 0
  • AIG / Product
    Raging

    AIG Product

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    Ragingmore
    There is no job security. So there should be no loyalty.
    Feb 19 0
  • AIG / Product
    Raging

    AIG Product

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    Ragingmore
    YES
    Feb 19 0
  • BrightEdge YjkJ66
    Don't withhold information in an effort to secure your position - it won't work and will earn you a reputation for being hard to work with and disagreeable. My experience is that being cooperative and open (and strategic) has helped me build a network that expands my options for employment.
    Feb 11 0
  • Bank of America Quackers
    What city?
    Feb 4 0