There was a significant wave of new hirings at my location last week. What I find to be worrying in this story is the fact that the new hires were given jobs with similar or the same description as some of us in the group have. I found that as an indication that some of us,if not all, older workers will be cut in the near future. Is that the way this works, or am I just worrying to much?
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None of the team members I've seen affected by these cuts qualified in the "older employee" category. That was definitely not the target for the company. Many young and talented folks were asked to find new challenges.
It depends very much what you do better than anyone else. If you just have a generic dev job, then yes, despite age discrimination laws, I'd be worried.
I don't know how long you've worked for SAP, but you should have been using that time to build a niche for yourself. Nobody else is going to look out for you if you don't look out for yourself.
In many cases, a particular skill-set based on experience DOES count for something; quite a lot, actually.
A good manager who depends on members of his team will know how replaceable (or otherwise) his people are. If you don't think your manager knows that, work on getting a new manager.
As a new hire, a layoff is an opportunity to get rid of people that the company doesn't want for whatever reason, just as they do with older people. The take away is that no job is guaranteed and your tenure at anyone particular company is likely to be shorter and shorter. When you add lack of longevity to the lack of prospects for getting a decent job as you grow older, yes you should be very concerned.
Hopefully you did not foolishly take on a lot of debt for your education. The once constant in accumulating wealth is to make good decisions and spend wisely. More and more spending excessive amounts on an education that won't give you a decent ROR is something to be avoided.
Sounds completely unethical. Also against the law in my country. If they would do it like this in EU then employee could sue them and win for sure.
What I have gathered so far, primarily elder workers are affected, as their salaries are usually higher. The new hirings could be a way to cut costs on higher salaries by hiring younger workers that won't cost as much. That would guarantee that the work still gets done once the elder workers are fired, although with the risk of the quality massively decreasing, as younger workers often lack the experience and skills of their elders.
This isn't to say that you will definitely get the axe. It is just a pattern that I've observed. I wish you the best of luck, though!