Thread regarding NetApp (formerly Network Appliance Inc.) layoffs

Can someone post when the first white folders start showing up?

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C

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DC office (Vienna) has two conference rooms booked all day March 1...

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-coie

Looks like Tuesday will be the day for Wichita if conference room bookings have anything to say about it.

Shocker is booked all day by security which is what usually happens when they are trying to be secret about something.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-9quu

Wichita conference rooms always have tissues...

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-7qji

i hear they block the conference rooms and put tissues in all conf rooms. Looks for those signs and you know its coming.

So far nothing at HQ

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-7auo

Re: @G0S0W9C-7nxt

It depends on whether you are part of an entire group that is being laid off, or if you are part of a group where some employees will be left after the layoff. In the first case, the whole group will likely get an invitation for a meeting in a conference room with HR and the VP/Director who is responsible for the group, followed by individual meetings with your direct manager where you receive the white folder and the terms of the severance agreement.

Otherwise, it will be something that happens one-on-one with your manager.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-7pjb

Haven't gone through a layoff with NetApp ... can anyone tell me what to expect ? How is it going to go down? Do they send an invite the night before? Do they simply come by your desk and whisk you away like the Gestapo?

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-7nxt

When When When.... this the like a riddle... Some say it started some say no... No confirmation at all...

Why the hell they want to do this in such secrecy if at all, things have actually kicked off.... and who knows when bottom line enggrs are notified....

Any news from other geos? Coming to work everyday is like living a bad dream..... No official updates yet. I dont really understand what he was meaning when he said "This is going to be very transparent and professional this time around".... What the heck, people have been reporting that process have started. If then, why no email from the TOP?.... HR is behaving like there are into some CIA mission....

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-7fhj

You don't have to sign any non compete agreements. You are being laid off go forth and find any employer you like.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-7aqp

My wife works in HR for Cisco for 20 years. Yes, escorting people out is procedure, no longer employees. That's why HR calls you to a meeting away from your cube, building, floor.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-7wkl

I never heard that those laid off were escorted out. They just walked out themselves. Do not spread nonsense.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-7sgg

I was told of 2 people in support management who were escorted out of the building today in Wichita. Haven't heard of anything else.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-7lhu

Looks like it started in RTP today in support. Multiple sources. Anyone on here feel free to confirm.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-7ylk

"Certainly this, and the few months after, is a time when no one can question a person's reason for leaving when they land that sweet new gig."

Ummm ... who questions a person's reason for leaving?

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-6sot

Rumor is, some reps in Customer Support are being let go today. Trying to confirm.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-6nip

Last one was on a Monday.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-6oqw

I would expect layoffs to occur on Fridays in general at any company. It's not a week of shock for the remaining as they've had a weekend to digest.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-6doo

But if they just want people to leave on their own, the smartest ones will be leaving first, because they're the ones who'll land the best gigs in the shortest amount of time.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-6rez

GK mentioned in his email, there could be another one after this. So not very productive even after this is done.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-6gwn

One of the possible reasons for creating all this uncertainty and stress is that people will begin to leave on their own and they can not only get more headcount reduction but also avoid paying out packages.

Certainly this, and the few months after, is a time when no one can question a person's reason for leaving when they land that sweet new gig.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-6ofd

No update at all from all hands meet. He have been very smart on avoiding the possible time frame... As always left employees to speculate to death.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-6ybi

I heard the same rumor of layoff notices early next week but I've also heard sometime this week. GK confirmed layoffs will occur during All Hands mtg but no specific date range. Too bad, this is all I and others are thinking about, not very productive but the truth.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-6vrn

Layoff started yesterday is a joke. Most likely early next week.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-6kuh

Are you sure they were laid off or did they head to competition?

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-5zaw

Which upper management was impacted? Haven't heard anything here in RTP.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-5tov

Which location, Sunnyvale?

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-5xqs

Layoffs started yesterday with impacted upper management being walked out.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-5nyx

The DOL .gov site says this:


"What if my employer pays me for the 60 days instead of sending me a WARN notice?

WARN requires 60 calendar days' written notice. The law makes no provision for any alternative such as pay in place of a notice. While an employer who pays workers for 60 calendar days instead of giving them proper notice technically has violated WARN, the provision of pay and benefits in place of a notice is a possible option. Because WARN provides for back pay and benefits for the period of the violation, up to 60 days, generally this approach by an employer—pay in place of notice—means that the employer has already met the penalty specified in the Act, if the payment is not required to be made. WARN allows voluntary payments of wages and benefits to be offset against any damages that might be awarded. If, however, a payment is required by another law, contract or company policy or practice, it may not be offset against WARN damages."

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-1njl

Rather than letting people stay for 60 days to find something new, my guess is that they will simply cut the 12% from the network by end of business day.

How does this 60 day severance work? I've never been a part of a layoff.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-1pez

The 60 day assumption is wrong - if they give you 60 days severance that counts as an effective and timely notice.

So, you can be let go tomorrow without a WARN notice if you are given 60 day severance - they would be responsible for paying your benefits during the 60 day period too. You will not be able to get unemployent benefits during those 60 days... Search this site, use "60 days" keyword there is a ton of posts on thia topic.

I am sure there will be more discussion in this topic here in the days to come...

60days #60daysnotice #warn

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-1xol

Which time were you let go, and what kind of severance were you offered.

Did you need to sign a non compete type document dictating where you could go to work?

I have been there 10 years, but unfortunately not in the type of position

(I was a money maker not a money taker) that used to offer me a bit of insulation from being laid off.

Any info would be appreciated.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-1tdd

Having been through this as a former NetApp employee, the white folders go out at least 60 days ahead of your termination date.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-1hni

They have 60 days before they show up or hopefully give the courtesy of notifying the impacted 60days in advance to allow some time to search for new employment and prepare.

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Post ID: @G0S0W9C-lle

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