I work in software engineering in the West Coast of the United States and I am a part of a dev team of about 45 full-time people. Recently, 30 of those people got laid off. Those 30 people will continue to work for the company for the next 4 weeks to help off board and transition some of the projects. Following those 4 weeks they will leave with a severance package.
This may sound strange but I was slightly disappointed to be 1 of the 15 chosen to stay at the company. I was already swirling the idea around my head to leave the company before any of this happened. I really like the idea of being able to work for next 4 weeks + severance afterwards and not trying to hide finding a new job and since there is so few people left, requesting a day off gets everyone assuming you are at an interview that day.
Is it possible to request a lay off or severance package? I have never been in this situation before. I imagine there is no good way to even request that and I might be fired on the spot.
- Has anyone heard of requesting a lay off if chosen to stay during a big lay off?
- Anyone been in a similar situation and can give their experience?
- Is it maybe possible to switch with someone who wants to stay but got a lay off?