I was recently told that the NYC-based startup I work for might get acquired by a pretty massive company (think Microsoft, or Amazon). This sounds like great news but now I'm getting nervous:
I'm the most junior member of our engineering team. I'm the QA tester (although my contract lists me as "Junior Software Engineer", so I test the product manually and write automated tests. I'm still learning as I go, and the senior devs there have taken me under their wing, mentoring me through my position. If we do get acquired, I'm guessing our sales team will get axed, and possibly all our other roles that are non-engineering.
Given that I'm a QA tester, and that I don't actively contribute to the development of our product, I'm afraid that I will be the one member of the engineering team that might be let go if we're bought. The company buying us probably has their own QA department/team so they likely won't see the need for keeping an inexperienced dev.
Is this a likely scenario? Does anybody here have some experience from their past that might enlighten me? Thanks.
UPDATE(2019): We we acquired and I was taken along but switched to frontend work. They definitely did not need QA engineers there so I'm now a frontend developer at the company. Sales were all laid off. Our customer success team, and our product guy got to stay as well.