Except ... Cengage employees know well their companies reputation. Even newer-hires know that regular, often twice-per-year reorgs and changes in direction are the norm for this company, rather than the exception.
Why, then, all of the angst? The outrage, the pain, the call-to-arms?
You knew this was coming, I knew this was coming - anyone perusing Glassdoor ratings for Cengage knew that a reorg was coming, because reorgs are always coming within this company.
I do get that it s*cks to be laid off. It happened to me at Cengage, too, and I actually WAS caught by surprise because Hansen and Company had just taken over. I'm certainly not without empathy for folks losing their positions now. BUT let us all agree - and let this serve as yet another warning for those who remain at Cengage - go ahead and put in that extra effort, work that overtime, grind out that extra week on the road, pursue an education or a relocation for professional-side reasons - do it all, bust your gut, lose time with your kids - but do it knowing that, when the chips are down, your number may be up and when it does, nobody knows your name.
Cengage will provide a regular (too low) paycheck, a (way too expensive) health care plan, a regular vacation schedule. If you are in sales, they will kick in a car and a laptop and a cell phone. They will also provide you with a feel-good "reason for being" - you are going to feel like you are working for the most special company doing the most amazing things for today's learners.
But at the end of the day, do know that all of the above is temporary and that you WILL one day lose your job and all of the above without warning - it's just a matter of when. To the OP - you did all of the things you did knowing the Cengage rep. I am sorry it was you this time, but let us please not pretend you had no idea this might be coming.