Thread regarding Sungard Availability Services layoffs

The US layoff process is unnecessarily mortifying.

The layoff process in the US is heartless and brutal. I was told with zero emotion. Not even a thank you for the many years I worked hard for the company. My a--ho-e manager gave me less than five minutes to gather my things and badgered me the whole time. Walked me out and let the door close behind me. Not even a good luck. Overall, it made me feel like a criminal. Coworkers pilfered what was left on my desk and took personal items. It's no wonder so many are bitter. People deserve dignity and respect.

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Post ID: @OP+1b79t5hP

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Can't sell, cut costs! Only way to cook the books!

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Post ID: @oopq+1b79t5hP

If you were a long time employee you knew how and who was getting laid off. Management then looked at the Sr. engineers that made top dollar. Then Jr management started putting a case against that engineer. Mostly BS stuff and started writing them up. At the 3rd write up they would say Mr. Engineer, this is your final warning. They were cut 2 weeks later. I saw this happen to a number of Sr. guys I knew didn't do what they were accused of. If was just a way to cut top dollar salaries to save money. That was the start of it. Now if sounds like they make cuts in masses.

What a he-l ho-e.

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Post ID: @ohvk+1b79t5hP

My experience pre-COVID wasn't bad when I was let go six years ago. As I arrived in the building, a security guard,who I was friendly with and normally said Good Morning to and occasionally picked up coffee for him, told me to go see the boss. I initially thought this was because I went sick the day before.

His office was after the conference room, when I was ushered there instead of the office, I saw that he, his boss and the building security director was there and by then I knew what was up. They informed me of the layoff and gave me the package. Both said "thank you" and shook my hand and escorted me out of the building. Overall, professional and I have no complaints about the process then.

Luckily and thankfully I had something lined up that eventually worked out very well. Nevertheless, it amazes me how this company still exists.

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Post ID: @egog+1b79t5hP

Im sorry to hear some of you were laid off. As someone who worked at Sungard in 2011, and was recently laid off my advice is to do the following:

1). Subscribe to free month of LinkedIn premium and turn your status on to looking for a job
2). Create a spreadsheet of jobs that you’ve applied too through LinkedIn and indeed (rest of the sites are garbage) and track the headhunter conversations
3). Apply to 15-20 roles over the next week
4). Grab a beer and track the interviews

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Post ID: @3ofa+1b79t5hP

My favorite part was immediately after they let me go. That part felt more or less like what you'd expect of any heartless corporation that's going down the tubes.

But then they weren't immediately honest, with my teammates and co-workers, making it seem like I had found a position elsewhere of my own free will. It was only when these people reached out to congratulate me on my new position that they found out the truth. Different managers handle things different ways, but some of the ones at this place come off as truly horrible people who have zero business managing anyone.

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Post ID: @2sum+1b79t5hP

I was let go several years ago and was treated well. I did not have the same experience as what I have seen here. I am not discounting what others are saying but am thankful I had respectful leadership who not only treated me well during my time there but treated me well when I was let go and gave me time to say goodbye.

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Post ID: @2byk+1b79t5hP

My experience is less than a week old. My Manager's manager got me on Teams and asked if I could talk. Said sure. He brought me into a teams call with someone I had no idea who they were. hovered my cursor and found out they were from HR, so i knew what was about to happen, only because it happens so frequently. He did have his camera on, but never looked at the camera and read the script and then handed it over to HR, who asked me if I had any outstanding expense reports or anything personal at the office location. Call ended without a Thank you for any work I did except for what was read from the script without looking at the camera. whole thing took 5 minutes. Then they immediately cut my access and gave me zero time to tell my team or people I had worked with. I guess they are afraid that people will delete everything, which goes to the way Sungard leadership trusts their employees.

Been finding people on LinkedIn to say goodbye as well as some of the mobile phone numbers I had. People who get laid off are made to feel like we did something wrong between the informal script, not given time to say goodbye, and then the directions of the infamous box that shows up the next day.

It all sucks but it doesn't have to. Glad I got laid off and got a severance. Sounds like that might be discontinued in the future lay offs.

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Post ID: @2olk+1b79t5hP

I agree I did 25 years not even good luck!!! You are just a number. Company is a joke. I don't blame middle mgnt. I blame the CEO who has disappeared. He is the problem. It all starts with him.

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Post ID: @1nkn+1b79t5hP

Agreed. After more then 10 years of service I was let go over the phone. My manager refused to put his camera on. He then said HR will address any questions and then left the call.

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Post ID: @1ytf+1b79t5hP

hyq+1b79t5hP I could care less if you believe me or not. Plenty of people at Sungard have had a similar experience. I know it sounds exaggerated but it isn't. People need to know what this company does to it's employees.

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Post ID: @1vmt+1b79t5hP

I don’t think he is a troll, I was treated the same way after 20+ years. The manager just read me a form letter over the phone. Not even a ‘good luck’ or ‘thanks’ Just wait and see!

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Post ID: @eku+1b79t5hP

You sound like a troll dude, tone it down a bit to make it more believable.

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Post ID: @hyq+1b79t5hP

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