When a company goes public, is it normal for a layoff to happen?

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To get a company to go public, you gotta be running a pretty husky organization. But once you’re public and you have all eyes watching, it’s time to trim the fat and lean up!

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What kind of company? Sponsored companies usually get services from the sponsor. They need to hire people to go public. The two companies I worked for that went public, needed to hire staff.

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It's time to make the share holders happy

Yes restructuring and redefining focus is a common practice mostly done to show a positive direction and cash flow by eliminating certain roles

Normal? maybe not. But it is part of the human capital market... hiring... firing...

Plus, this is a perfect moment for a small company. If I can time my firing with say Twitter, Apple, Amazon, they get all the bad press and I get to let go of a few people without much of a fanfare.

The question is... are they firing people because of equity dilution issues. Because if you are fired pre-IPO or even post-IPO, your unvested RSUs are canceled which basically prevents further dilution of shareholders. It is not pretty but as an owner, it may be a necessity to maintain ownership large enough to keep 51% voting rights.

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