When the layoffs hit, if you're not prepared with enough savings, several irons in the fire regarding a new job, and an active network you can turn to just in case, you'll only have yourself to blame. HP gave us more than enough advance notice for these layoffs and I am grateful for that. Not using this time to prepare because you think you're safe or because you're lazy is reckless, to say the least.
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Yeah, I left HPE in 2020 when upper management lacked a cogent strategy and failed to communicate with employees.
Fully agree with the OP.
A good friend of mine was whacked (along with his ENTIRE team) in November after well over 10 years at HP. There was no warning at all, not any concern that his team was in jeopardy. He's now desperately trying to find a new job, which is really tough at this time of year with so many companies freezing reqs at end of calendar year and with IT layoffs happening at many other companies.
My friend is also dealing with HP's horrific "60-day" corporate rehire policy, which is if you cannot get rehired back by HP within 60 calendar days after your WFR date you are permanently kept from ever getting rehired by HP. He's already 30 days into the window, and with the 2-week shutdown it looks like he won't get rehired.