Thread regarding ViacomCBS layoffs

What is the lay-off process?

If anybody who recently got laid off would like to share insight into any red flags, the process, etc. it would be much appreciated. I know there are other posts specifically about severance, but I’d like to know additional info about the process in general. Thanks!

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Post ID: @OP+16vqVwqt

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Its not always obvious
But it should be expected if you work there
Once you are told, you are not expected to work anymore
You are out of the system within 2 business days
And then no one remembers you even worked there

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Post ID: @6ini+16vqVwqt

If Bob tries to reassure you all is well by telling you during a bob live that they aren’t looking to make changes anytime soon, expect to get a call two days later. That’s how it went down last time at least.

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Post ID: @5axn+16vqVwqt

i have almost all new managers now, my rabbi is gone and i have some job protection but im concerned

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Post ID: @vpt+16vqVwqt

I didnt' see it coming until I got a Zoom meeting invite with about 10 minutes notice. But there were signs that now that I look at them, point to layoffs happening in my department. If not specific peopel. Regular meetings were being rescheduled to the next week. As for me, my work-load was the same so I don't know exactly when the powers that be redlined my name on a spreadsheet. I was still getting invited to meetings and projects and had things to work up right up to the day before.

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Post ID: @bqc+16vqVwqt

PRE PANDEMIC: red flags are everywhere ,very little mobility within company/division, ie never getting promoted or even lateral move within company that you would like to pursue. or you get promoted a bunch times quickly then boom, then it stops. you don't have someone in a management position(a boss basically)having your back, be it nepotism, friend, ect. at very least keeping you in loop on org changes within division. if you are last to know about changes/projects in division. during reviews, when they were really taking them serious, you go from no issues to obvious fabricated, embellished performance issues. other co workers who are in loop, distance themselves from you. you get picture here.

during this pandemic and merger: a lot of what I describe above is kind of out the window. every person for themselves, your rabbi or mentor as it were that may have had your back, all that is gone. to avoid appearance of ageism, s-xism, ect they take the layoffs serious in regards to spreading around the numbers. example, say department or sub division has 25 people, they will make sure to let go of X amount of employees with many years with company, mid career, entry level, gender, race ect. they will do it in a surgical way to avoid appearance of targeting a demo of employees to avoid any potential wrongful termination actions taken by employees. I know this for a fact. as far as merger situation layoffs, look at combined division/org employees flow chart if possible, are there many redundancies in the combined companies? if there is, big ole red flag. its a bit tricky with work from home, they may bypass any WARN act notices and pay you out the days of what notice would be and let you go on spot, access denied, call a number, told let go, package emailed, you sign, they pick up any company property furnished to work from home. much easier to see it coming if you were in a workplace and not at home.

I know, bit lengthy reply, but that has been my experience with company after 16 years. Viacom side, which appears to be the ones running the show these days. good luck, its pretty brutal job market in this general field right now.

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Post ID: @ebx+16vqVwqt

Red flags: If you are not management's pet or related to someone who is a pet, you are at risk. This company thrives off of favoritism, tribalism, and nepotism. Basically when your time is nearing, your team will stop communicating with you, you will be left out of meetings, they will basically treat you like sh– and then throw you out the door over the phone or over Zoom.

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Post ID: @hmg+16vqVwqt

what type of job are you in ? union or management ?

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Post ID: @lpo+16vqVwqt

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