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Have you ever been laid off? What reason were you given?

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Twice in 10 years. Mostly excuses but got a severance. I personally, never take it personal even if the company does. The first time was devastating but I learned a great deal about being prepared (at that first place I also learned to always have a lawyer). The 2nd time I had my lawyer read the papers and he got me more money because they definitely tried to make it personal. Also, I had reviews so I know I was doing great at what I do.

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@OP, I’m pretty sure when you leave because you were “sloppy,” you were fired, not laid off..

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I got laid off and was given too separate reasons in two separate meetings (a very Mccann thing to do): in meeting 1 the CD was given a script to read by HR that "they needed to make room for a push into digital and adjust their skills set” and repeated this statement 4 times before leaving the room. In meeting 2 the recruiter simply said it was because my partner and I “acted like assholes who were too good for the work available and no group wanted to take us on.”

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Happens all the time in this business. This is my 4th time being laid off. Starting to really hate advertising.

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‘Lost a client ‘

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I was once told that I was "sloppy", which was never something I heard before that; it was definitely a personal thing. Had lack of funds implied but never straight up told that. Curious if we’re fed mostly truth or mostly excuses.

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I was also laid off four times. The first one was the gut punch, but in retrospect I should have seen it coming (guess my lesson was don’t turn down the ECD when he’s hitting on you?). Gets easier after the first. The last two times I was laid off I initiated it by volunteering when business left. Negotiated some nice severance. Eventually I found a place where I fit better. At least they haven’t laid me off yet.

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10 times. 1) New ECD making room for his buddies 2) Dot-com crash, 3rd round of agency-wide layoffs, 3) Insubordination, 4) Creative differences, 5) Creative differences II, 6) Stepping on toes, 7) Insubordination II, 8) Lost Account, 9) Won a Lion but my GCDs didn’t, 10) Insubordination III.

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@SDAD what state was that in? Seems like most at will states view severance as a privilege, and not as a legal mandatory.

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@CD1 - you can negotiate severance?

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Actually @SS1 the "sloppy" remark was a coded message that they don’t like fat women at the office, only cute girls in short skirts - it was a message I’d been getting for months and that final remark was the CCO barely holding it together as he walked out of the room. Also I know I was laid off cause of the paperwork I signed. But thanks 👋

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@OP did you talk to a lawyer? That sounds like discrimination

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SAD1, yes you can negotiate severance. You don’t have much leverage, obviously, but the agency doesn’t want you making a scene and just wants you gone. Only tried it once and not when part of a mass layoff.

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I was told that I wasn’t progressing enough. Even though six months earlier at my review, I was.

I was in a large layoff and did not negotiate severance. A few months later a colleague was laid off from same company and did negotiate. Lesson learned. Don’t sign their paperwork for a few days, let your head cool, talk it over with others. They gave me one lousy week and I probably could have got a few more

At CD1 - good to know, thanks!

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What agency ISN’T going through layoffs right now?

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Fellow 🐠, I became an "EY Alumni" two weeks ago and I'm happy to say that I accepted an offer this morning. If you were hit by the different layoffs, don't lose hope and keep hustling. If there's anything I can do to help, feel free to DM me.

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My firm sent an email yesterday saying their tracking billable hours DAILY. It’s either they don’t think we’re working from home or about to have some layoffs 🤷🏼‍♀️

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If my Firm offered voluntary severance of, at least, 3 months, I would take it today. No hesitation. Who else?

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My mom just got laid off today...just got promoted on Friday too...why does this happen😣 all I want to do is fly home and hug my mom

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How do you explain in subsequent interviews you were fired? Is it impossible to get a job after you were let go?

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Would you ever hire someone after they were fired for an ethical lapse (not illegal - violation of the COC)?

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Laid off today. Anyone willing to refer a fellow fish?

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I'm home grown and know I'm below market...always eases my mind when potential for layoffs arise. I don't try to get paid less for this reason, but it is nice.

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I need help: In consulting interviews, is it a death sentence to have been part of the COVID-related layoffs at a Big 4 strategy arm? I have now been rejected from two other T2 strategy firms, and apparently the feedback is that “I have great experience” but they “are not moving forward with my candidacy”. I’m getting beaten down here. I have 10 years consulting experience, 7 at health plans, 5 in strategy, and 3 as a manager. I know my industry, function, and story. What am I missing?

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How bad are D layoffs in Canada? US firm seems nuts but not so much here from where I'm standing..

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Got laid off but found a job. Unfortunately I can’t start for like 2 months. Any ideas on jobs I could do in the meantime? Can’t drive so no Uber. Willing to do minimum wage, anything will help

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