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