There were major reductions in workforce at corporate today. Mostly furloughed employees who will not be brought back.
According to follow-up communications sent from HR, employees let go as a result of reductions in workforce are NON-REHIRABLE, considering their former roles no longer exist.
Terminated employees will be receiving severance packages, based on their tenure, by early December, according to HR. For reference, a severance for less than 6 months of tenure is around $2,000.
Medical coverage for laid-off employees will continue until the end of the month following their separation date. However, RH has set employment-end-dates to the last day of the month for employees already on furlough.
COBRA and other extension of benefits will be sent within 30 days following separation, in accordance to Calif. labor laws—RH corporate offices are located in San Ramon, Calif.
Corporate will be mailing recovery packages to return any borrowed equipment (laptops, monitors, etc.), but former employees will not be able to collect any items left behind at the corporate office building. There is currently no system in place to do this, according to HR.
Former employees may, or may not, be contacted by early December if a system to collect personal belongings from the Bishop Ranch offices is implemented. If former employees do not hear from RH, It is up to them to contact management or HR. As of now, the building remains closed.
RH does not do references or letters of recommendation, all that is provided to former employees are job role and start/end dates.
For those of you in the same situation, an email for a “FURLOUGH DISCUSSION” or “FURLOUGH UPDATE” means you are being laid off.
If HR is on the call, expect a lay-off.
Most furloughed employees will NOT be brought back. START LOOKING FOR ANOTHER JOB NOW!!!
I general, management at corporate is inappropriate, indifferent, or completely absent. The absent are the best. Furloughs and separations are not based on tenure, performance, or other objective factors. If they like you, they’ll keep you—if they don’t, you’re as good as gone.
The company underpays employees and generally offers menial pay-raises. As a whole, RH is production-driven, with most employees being complacent to perform the same repetitive tasks for years on end.
IF YOU ARE ON A FURLOUGH LEAVE NOW. You are so much more than RH thinks you are. The world doesn’t end at a second-rate staffing agency that is unwilling to adapt to today’s fast-moving tech-driven world. You are more than enough and can absolutely, positively, most definitely, find a BETTER, more fulfilling job. Period.