I got let go from HPE in mid 2020, so my probation from coming back just expired recently. Do I want to come back? No, not at all. I know what I'm not missing: no bonuses, no stipends, marginal raises, and people who refuse to listen to my ideas.
I feel bad for people who actually work hard at this company. It's really noble but extremely futile. The company is on its last legs. I said the same thing a couple years ago, but these falls take time. It's only accelerated more and more.
One large sale each quarter is not sufficient for this company. Think about it: the Frontier sale for the exascale thing happened this quarter. What would have happened if Dell stole that sale? Where would HPE be today? If you have to layoff, it means something still very wrong internally. There's no such thing as a growing company that lays off.
HPE's thread that I thought would snap a couple of years ago is only getting weaker by the day. One big sale loss and HPE is done for. That should be very scary for the company and her people.
Compute is happening more locally nowadays. People don't want their data vulnerable out in the public domain.