I think layoffs aren’t required, people are leaving in droves and it’ll only get worse.
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Any layoffs would be non revenue paying positions like coders, support personnel etc.
You are breaking the confidentiality agreements you signed with F5.
Any layoffs would have to be Marketing, Sales, or roles that don’t code or support the products. We can sell (good) product, that’s not a challenge. The challenge is making a high quality product or supporting a low quality product. You have to hire more people for either of those approaches. We currently have low quality products and need to either hire more developers to help write better code in the first place, fix the existing code, do more testing... and if all that fails (as it currently is) hire more support to deal with all the customers’ problems and frustrations. Anyone not in those roles should worry - if your not coding or solving customers’ technical issues your job may be on the chopping block to make room for someone to do those roles.
I would assume, yes, layoffs will occur at any time.
“We ... made a pledge to our employees that there will be no layoffs at F5 in our fiscal year 2020,” F5 CEO François Locoh-Donou told the Business Journal. “In this time of adversity and difficulty, we want to remove any worry our employees may have about their jobs or providing for their families.”May 12, 2020
I seriously doubt it, at least for the BIG-IP group.
If you're in the meetings, mgmt is terrified of losing more people. Everything is running behind, there is a huge quality crisis, and they are getting frantic and desperate. The layoffs were a mistake and they've even low-key acknowledged it in Q&As.
The last few times people have come in here fear mongering about layoffs there has been nothing.
There have been some rumors...