Is this going to be an interesting year as it relates to Philips Layoffs in 2019?
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As a former Philips employee based in Guildford who left in 2019, I have recently caught up with ex colleagues who have informed me that many have now been made redundant from the central office in Guildford.
We like to keep Eindhoven happy by "legally" skirting the MA and US labor laws. Andover Ultrasound likes to find any excuse to fire production personnel. It tis better to fire than layoff because it keeps the layoff news and layoff count down. It's cut throat and arse kissing, but at least I have my Sr Test Mgr job and The Dutch Master Van Houten has his profits for the quarter.
I suspect Philips will continue with massive layoffs in the US for 2019.
Philips Healthcare and Signify are both doomed. When Philips split into two companies; that was the start of both companies heading for disaster. But yet the higher-ups in the US kiss butt to keep their jobs, sacrificing their direct reports. Can you imagine if the VP's, SVP's, Executives were paid much less, a few "workers" might be able to keep their jobs. The decision to move the US headquarters of Healthcare to a new location in Cambridge was wasted money. Staying in Andover would have saved hundreds of jobs. Corporations don't care about the average worker and neither does your manager. Do your 40 hours and leave. You are going to get laid off anyway.
Sad thing is, Philips has slashed 3rd party monies every which way it can. Concur is a joke, and now all of the changes are just pissing people off. The new hires in upper management have never worked in the field, and have no idea what we do. A few years ago they removed the "work life balance" from all emails because there is none. And yet, we still get bashed on a daily basis about overtime and this stupid app we have to use is ridiculous. My 3rd party guy here in "mid-America" wouldn't take an FSE position that we've had open for 5 years bc of all the "Ted training" and everything else we have to do. Its a joke. Everyone worth a lick of salt is bailing except management. The managers (PM) they're bringing in are a joke. The FSE's get c-apped on, and all we have to do is fix sales mistakes. How is it FSE's have to have their CCNA but sales is not required to have any certifications to sell this stuff. Same with PM's. I understand companies change and evolve but as soon as I can jump ship I'm out. I know of 3 people that have left in the last 6 months and they told me what the exit interviews were about, and yet, we have no changes going on except things are now harder.
Morale on our sales team is zero. The only people who will be left this time next year are the folks who have been hanging on for retirement despite seeing their incomes slashed by 40% or more. We can't even recruit decent new hires because the comp plan is a joke.
One thing is for sure. None of the sacrificial lambs will be the people who put us on this disastrous course.
I came aboard via acquisition in 2017. I have never seen a company "get in its own way" the way Philips does on a daily basis. The Dutch need to get their hands off of North America before it is too late. Not only do they not "get" the US Market, they are unwilling to learn. Unfortunately, the Dutch don't trust Americans to do their jobs and they never hold each other accountable so there is no hope of the situation getting better. I am out of here as soon as I can find another role elsewhere.