I worked in HR. I left a few years ago, and I liked working there. Often, it was hard as people do not understand that we really care but most people think we are not for the worker. I had to prepare 60 day WARN notice and it would always break my heart as I would know that folks would get affected by the cuts.
With this being said, Empire does not have layoffs often - they do happen but not that often if compared to my current employer which has layoffs every year.