@erhj So true. I left a job of 10 years that for the last 5 of those that did the same things. The only difference is that their high-powered legal team reviewed all the people they wanted to let go. If legal didn't approve, the company (whom I won't name) would go back and add or subtract names to make it all 'legal-like.'
Their targets were those with the company 25+ years because they made too much money, those 50 years or older (ageism) and those that had the audacity to use their medical benefits. One guy on my team had triple bypass surgery, over 50 and had 20+ years with the company. A trifecta! He was let go (obviously) along with many good people.
In addition, the company went to the burn and churn method, aka, forced rankings for annual evaluations around the same time along with major internal restructuring. Good people with impeccable reviews for 15+ years were suddenly given bad evals to get rid of them. That was the kiss of death. No PIP (Performance Improvement Plan) was available so you were forced to get your resume ready for the inevitable. Entire teams were either eliminated or outsourced to add to the terminations.
The place went from a decent place to work to absolutely miserable. There was an increase of employees taking antidepressants. Employees were breaking down and crying in the bathrooms. No more happy employees. It became a place to work just to get a paycheck. No more pride in the company.
To make matters worse, after every layoff, leadership would hold divisional meetings to basically tell us that the layoffs were over, to get over it and focus on our jobs. And of course next week would be another round of layoffs along with another meeting of lies.
I voluntarily left before I was targeted.