Anyone else get the feeling that if you were laid off or severed the past year that you've been placed on a Disney "do not hire"/blacklist? I've seen dozens of job listings recently, many of which match or are very similar to jobs from which people where let go. Why wouldn't Disney just extend offers to Cast Members who were affected by the recent layoffs? Is it because they'd rather hire new members with less experience and who they can pay less money to? I've spoken to a couple of people who have applied for jobs similar to what they were doing when they were let go and who were clearly qualified and identified as "former employees" when they applied, only to receive a generic automated reply stating something like, "we are considering other candidates whose background and experience more closely align with the qualifications and requirements of this position." Sure, ok.
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You can call Global HR to see if you are coded as a "do not rehire." Unless there was cause to let you go, you should not be in this category. For everyone laid off as a Reduction in Force (RIF) due to Covid, rehire status should apply. However, there are still furloughed Cast that would be "on deck" to be brought back as positions become available. Unfortunately, I can't see any laid off Cast being brought back unless they've exhausted all available furloughed Cast.
In my experience there really wasn't any rhyme or reason to who they laid off. There were so many amazingly talented, high-performing, and dedicated Cast who were separated along with other individuals who may be could be seen as unfit for their roles or just did the job for a paycheck (so all across the spectrum).
The truth of the matter is that today's job market is still being heavily impacted by COVID-19. A lot of companies still have hiring freezes in place and those that are hiring they have to read through thousands of resumes since so many people are currently unemployed - they are being forced to use methods to slice large chunks of applicants off the board (like only looking at individuals with Master's Degrees for instance).
In regard to Disney specifically, your speculation is very much warranted. It's not a matter of who performed better or worse before being laid off, it's a matter of compensation - they would rather hire someone and pay them less due to sliced budgets and headcounts.
Have you been to a park lately? Have you seen the poor attitude, low performance that is so clear. Horrible!
Also, I’m my dept., the lowest people in on the totem pole and youngest let go.
It is an ugly truth that a lot of people were chosen for layoff because they were low performers. This is especially true for non-union jobs, where seniority was not really a factor.
why would they want to rehire people who they obviously thought were not worthy of keeping on?