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Always be kind and respect others!

I realize this is a naive question for an anonymous forum, but couldn't we all be a bit more kind and respectful on this forum?

I've been reading through the posts today to understand what's happening, and I've been shocked with how mean spirited some of the posts have been. Luckily, some of the worst ones seem to have been removed, but the tone and content of many posts are just mean.

Everyone impacted by these layoffs is a fellow human being with their own stories, families, challenges, aspirations, strengths and imperfections.

I wish there was more compassion for those impacted. Some great folks I worked with before been impacted already – I am shocked and deeply saddened to see these #valuable and pure #gold people go.

This seems to be a good forum to learn about what's happening and prepare ourselves, but it's saddening to be reading through and then just smacked in the face with some of these mean-spirited posts.

this is #gold

i'd love to start my own business, it really does not matter what kind of business

If you get RIF'd, what's your fantasy scenario?
What would you love to say or do to stick it to Honeywell? I often dreamed of getting RIFd, then standing up, taking a steaming dump on my manager's keyboard, then pressing down on it with one of those "Outstanding Engineer" dinner plate awards they gave to show how valuable I was.
How about you? What are your dreams?

LOL - this is #gold - the mother of all consipracy theories

  • Tracking Productivity at AT&T
I hear that the mgmt is tracking team member productivity and they were surprised productivity increased as a result of team members working from home. Does anyone know how they are tracking productivity?

A very good thread. At some point we all age. I was born in 1979 and at some point I felt young and invincible. Time flies, and I am considered 'old' now.

To All Cisco Millennials and Gen-Zs
When you're young and bright eyed. You work really hard, ambitious to climb and are naive of layoffs (unless you're plugged into the great new information you get nowadays)...
As you age to 30 and witness/be a part of it, you immediately see what a WASTE of time it was to work so hard on empty promised (by mgmt) dreams that never materialized.
Bottom line is to look after yourself from Day 1 hire, keep your skills relevant and MOVE every 2-3 years to the next gig. Hopefully you can make it into FANG where your pay will at least DOUBLE.
I remember the days when Cisco had once a year layoffs instead of the quarterly scare of thousands lost. There is no reason to subject yourself to this when the market is so strong! Gravitate your skills to software industry and move away from "dead man walking" hardware (unless you love it and it's Apple, Qualcomm, etc).
God Bless to all who lost jobs today. This will highly likely be a "lemons to lemonade" event where your future, in all aspects, will be a big improvement!


Oh, #gold...

Do Massive Layoffs Really Benefit Large Companies?
I think that simply cutting jobs isn't the answer.
To be successful, companies need to change how the business is operated.

True #GOLD post

Tone changing???
Are you noticing, in your store, the tone us changing how management is talking to you or others?
I keep overhearing "it's in your job description".
And the way managers are talking down on people.
I sense that write ups are coming before the cuts next month.

Thanks, @why, so true. Tagging this as #thelayoff #GOLD post

I think you are missing the whole point of this site. People are welcome to post any form of information they may wish to contribute. It can be rumors, opinions, confidences, or verifiable facts. In this case the OP posted something they "heard" out of HE. You are free to accept, dismiss, or dispute this bit of information, however, the OP is under no obligation to meet any burden of proof requirement!
about 2 hours ago by Anonymous | 3 reactions (+3/-0)

Post ID: @10PJUsZu-why

A Simple Solution

It's relatively simple you all.

If you aren't happy here and don't like all these policies and rules... Resign and find work elsewhere.

Why gripe?

Just go find another job that isn't making these kind of #gold rules.

Stop the crying, get out of here. It's you people that make this place horrible. Just do what the company asks and everyone is happy.

Be appreciative of the job you have now. I guarantee you one thing, the people laid off would love the chance to still have a job.


I work in a store and I accepted an offer from another company this week, the timing was #gold - I feel like a weight has been lifted. Dealing with the constant dread/stress of looming layoffs and constant changes and uncertainty was just way too much for me. I wish you all the best out there, there's a better life outside this company.

Hey Jay I fixed it for you:

Times are tough. The executives made a necessary business decision so that they can collect their bonuses. I get why people are upset but I’d expect such a move from any slimy sociopath in the ELT. Times have change and the #gold era is over – I need to finish robbing the company on my way out the door so that I can do it all over again at my next company.

Moving on...

Times are tough. The executives made a necessary business decision in order for the company to survive. I get why people are upset but I’d expect such a move from any serious business enterprise. Times have change and the #gold era is over – we need to move on, reorganize and try to put things back on track.

#gold post

Learn new skills, improve yourselves

None of us in the industry are safe, everybody should know this by now. And everybody should know that available jobs are also shrinking.

So why not take some time to learn new skills? You might not feel like learning anything new right now, but it might make a difference between pay and no pay down the line.

If you are over 55, it’s going to be hard to move on, yet…

Try to work with headhunters, not ideal and a lot of shady things in this space but if you find a good one go with her/him... I work for a competitor and I just hired a guy in his early 60s. A good headhunter will help you adjust your resume and may pitch you to companies/gigs that are more open to hiring folks closer to retirement. I have a hard time placing older folks in growth roles as it often takes many years to develop resources, yet there are many roles that do not require growth and extensive training and you may be a match...

I am in my mid 40s and have been managing people for a while now - 55+ folks are more reliable, less expensive, less choosy/picky and in general much easier to manage - so do not assume that you are in a difficult situation due to your age in all situations. Where I sometimes see challenges has to do with lack of technical skills and lack of energy - if you are decent in those two areas in you are in good shape, #gold, something somewhere will click.

Good luck!


Thanks for nothing Ford

If someone told me it would end like this 14 years ago, I would call that person crazy. A company I gave my best years to screwed me over when I needed security the most in my life, 4 years away from my pension. Walking the extra mile all these years doesn’t count, nothing counts. Don’t want to sound pathetic, no one died, it will work out in the end, but it’s a damn shame to be betrayed by the organization I devoted my life to. Let this be a lesson yo the younger folks.

I am going to save you a visit, here is the article

Agile, Dynamic Company Able To Respond To Any Challenge By Laying Off Half Of Staff

NEW YORK—Calling his employees a lean, versatile team capable of being fired at a moment’s notice, local CEO David Bradford described his marketing firm Stact Media as an agile, dynamic company able to respond to any challenge by laying off half of its staff. “This industry is always evolving, but what makes us resilient is our ability to adjust to change, which is invariably done by eliminating 50% of our workforce to cut costs regardless of the problem,” said Bradford, adding that the keys to a successful business in today’s market was creating a corporate culture of cutting good, qualified people with a variety of skills while constantly finding innovative ways to throw a wrench into everyone’s workflow.

“When we encounter an obstacle, we don’t go down without a fight against our most experienced, senior workers. We look everyone in the eye and say, ‘The 20 of you who still work here will push on.’ Whether axing production costs during a pivot to video or slashing editorial when page views are down, we react to problems quickly and without the input of those of us with a better, more nuanced understanding of how things work.” Bradford added that another advantage demonstrated by his company is its ability to increase #gold executive salaries during times of crisis.

This is tagged as #TopPost #GoldPost and #Gold

Layoffs and "The Media". The Reality.

Found this post on the Ford Layoff site.

I often times see people post about the "media" or "news" when commenting about auto industry layoffs. People need to realize that the media will not "bite the hand that feeds it". That is why you see the layoffs reported but never anything in-depth or investigative as to the "why", "who" and "how". The recent General layoffs proved that. One day and coverage of it was over. No heart-wrenching stories about the laid-off engineer and his family of 5. No stories about how the layoffs were handled and how long dedicated employees were treated. I have seen posts from people suggesting that the "media" should hear about this or that. The reality is that the media is almost like the PR arm of the company. They report what they are given. "Job cuts" and "white collar firings" are repackaged as "austerity plans". Positive stories lead to greater access to the "company", its celebrity CEO's, and sponsored perks for these media types. Just look at the "pop-ups" on even this site and all of the Detroit media sites and you will see why the real stories of these layoffs will never get covered. The days of the hard-charging investigative reporter looking for the corruption and asking the hard questions are over. Don't count on the Detroit media to expose anything or provide any real information about these layoffs. Their best customers just want it to go away.

Has a potential to turn into a #gold thread, OP we'd need you to start with your experience first...

A lot of very professional people here, and not whiners. This thread is a place where it is OK and you are invited to share your story if you want to, among your peer group that understands your frustration and anxiety and disappointment. I know I'm not very pleased about mine.


GM is going through a transformation that may or may not pan out. Meanwhile, if you have particular skills and GM is willing to compensate you justly for those skills - and so long as you are afforded opportunities to enhance your skill set or find satisfaction in some other esoteric fashion at the company... why not stay?

Employment is a roll of the dice no matter who you work for. Read the table as best you can and be mentally prepared for being up and down.

I cleaned the post up and made it #universal #gold:

Interesting comments

There are a lot of people that are upset at the prospect of being let go and that's understandable. But the reality is that no company is loyal to their employees and no employees are loyal to a company. The company is going to look for people to help them get their products and/or services to market faster and the employees will go to a company that pays them as much as possible. The times of starting as an intern in the mail room and becoming CEO are long gone.

No matter what your position and/or company it's important that you keep educating yourself and developing skills that make you valuable. Many companies are downsizing, just look at all companies that have active boards here - the question will be what are you doing to make yourself considered critical/valuable.

Quick Poll - Who's Thinking of Leaving?

Are you thinking about leaving the company right now?

If so, upvote this post please.

What would stop you from leaving the company?

Is the writing on the wall or is the company going to come back, stronger than ever and return to #gold age?

If you're thinking about staying, why are you staying?

Business Image Management

Here are some tips for your personal business image mgmt, see the note below....

White Board

  • Never, ever, clean your whiteboard, the busier looking the board, the better.

  • Don't ever erase anything, ever.

  • Use your hand to smudge things all over if you need room to write anything.


  • Always eat in your cube.

  • The smellier the food, the better.

  • The entire building knows you're so busy that you can't eat anywhere other than your desk.


  • Always leave your desk in a state of chaos.

  • That's how busy you are.

Phone Calls

  • Never use an earpiece.

  • Talk as loud as humanly possible on your phone regarding every little bit of business, even though - you could just use instant messaging.

  • Shout over the cubes, it shows how collaborative and how busy you are.

  • You can't have so much time as to actually walk to another person's desk.

Hope this helps...

Not my post, but it's pure #gold - lifted it off Intel's board... Bro will ask again, so here it goes: double asterisk for bold, dash for bullets...

Prepare for Layoffs Checklist

Link: @WsOTLa9


How to cope with layoff anxiety – medical or psychological or cognitive coping strategies?

Link: @PvCpIIR


Advice if u were laid off

Link: @TGFrauz


How to survive a layoff

Link: @Roz35Dw


How to get laid off with a good package?

Link: @Nm8Km05


Here's the TOP TEN things you should do if you think you might get laid off this round:

Link: @JWzKTre


Looking for job Checklist

Link: @WmiLMBG


Layoff Checklist

Link: @ScheGbT


#gold tips

Prepare of Layoffs Checklist

  1. Document, build a portfolio of your best work

  2. Duplicate important contact information to private accounts

  3. Build relationships with your coworkers

  4. Build an emergency fund

  5. Get private unemployment insurance (cafii.com or safetynet.com)

  6. Ask for an explanation of why you're being laid off, ideally in writing.

  7. Ask when and how you'll receive your last paycheck.

  8. Ask when your benefits (like health insurance) end.

  9. Ask whether you'll receive any severance.

  10. Do not resign

  11. File for unemployment benefits

  12. Be ready to document your job-hunting efforts (need this for unemployment).

  13. Consider your options for short-term income.

  14. Update your budget (or create it)

  15. Call your creditors and update them (if you cannot make payments)

  16. Massively cut expenses you can live without.

  17. Save, save, save…

  18. Talk to friends and family – vent

  19. Make a plan for self-care – take care of your health

  20. Ask for help if and when needed

Anyhow, some points are #awesome, some not that much...

Took #gold this from https://www.cleveland.com/expo/news/erry-2018/12/82ab0f21bb4909/21-tips-for-surviving-a-layoff.html

#gold indeed

There is a difference between doing a job and doing a job right!

Need to hire smarter people and put them in charge. How long does it take for you to realize your business model of HR, recruiters and widgets does not work?

When I buy something, I want it done right. It is less expensive in the long run. It's not rocket science, it is common sense

@1mut, you hit the nail on the head, #gold post. Sad, but true.

So I perform poorly, I get laid off. Mngt perform poorly, I get laid off. Mgnt perform well, I get laid off. I perform well, I get laid off. All roads lead to layoffs. Is that what they mean by One McDermott Way?

Looking for Job Question Checklist

In a case you are looking for a job, you may want to refer to this list. It's #generic but #gold for sure. You may want to keep it handy just to make sure you are not failing to ask some key questions. I am sure I am missing a ton of things here but the list is a fairly good start. There you go:

  • Applied but not heard back from HR, should I be contacting the hiring manager or sending a follow up email?

  • How many hours do you work on a typical day?

  • How did you get your first interview with the company?

  • Do you do credit checks on new employee candidates (is there a certain score I need to have)?

  • Is working on weekends required?

  • Do you do a lot of overtime? How much overtime work, on average, is required?

  • What is the most stressful part about working here?

  • What’s the hardest aspect of your job?

  • What questions do hiring managers ask during the interview?

  • How are the working hours, when do you start and when do you end your day?

  • Does the company make you take a substance abuse test? How about a criminal background check?

  • How do you feel about going to work each day? Are you happy?

  • What’s your opinion about the future of the company?

  • How many interviews does a typical hiring candidate have? What is the typical interview process like?

  • How long does the hiring process take? What are the key components of the process?

  • What would you change at the company?

  • What is the work environment at the company?

  • How is the culture at the company?

  • How did you feel about telling people you work at this company?

  • Who will be contacting me after the interview – how do they communicate a positive hiring decision? How about the negative one?

  • If you were to run this place, what would you change to make it better?

  • How hard is it to internally transfer within the company (from department to department and from location to location)?

  • Would you please describe the benefits package a typical employee gets from the company?

Kudos @WdgZPQi-1lbl ! Your post is pure #gold

Companies tend to succeed or fail from the top down. No matter how good the people under are, they are restricted by the people above them. Good workers are hampered by poor management. Good management is handcuffed by poor executives. Good ideas are left to die by poor leadership. When the focus is on stock price, executive bonuses, and cashing out while you can, there is no focus on product, customers, or innovation. The truth is that the HP family of companies was hampered by poor leadership. Only those companies that got out from under that leadership and found good leaders of their own have obtained some success (see HPI). While DXC got out from under the thumb of Meg Whitman, they found a leader in Mike Lawrie who is even worse. There is no chance for the company to succeed unless there is a major leadership change or segments of the company are able to split off and find good leaders to get them back on track. Otherwise, the roadmap is to continue to focus on financial benefit for stockholders and executives until the well is dry and DXC is tossed onto the trash heap of so many other failed ventures that Wall Street and poor leadership has created.