李萌 | 34岁 知乎大社区员工
小吴 | 32岁 华为终端BG员工
华为办公楼 图片来源：Techie News
陈默 | 30岁 融创房地产策划
倩倩 | 26岁 贝壳新房业务运营员工
菲菲 | 25岁 前字节跳动上海商业化团队员工
Head picture of layoffs in big companies Source: rightattitudes
Wen | Zhao ChenxiIn 2022, layoffs at Internet companies will be even more violent. Q1 earnings season, earnings release and layoffs are almost in full swing at the same time. According to a number of media networks publicly reported that almost all the head Internet companies have made layoffs.
Alibaba rolling layoffs Photo Source: “Financial World” Weekly
From the end of 2021 to the beginning of 2022, Tencent CSIG (cloud and smart industry group) and PCG (platform and content business group) were laid off. CSIG was the hardest hit area, with layoffs of up to 20% and 30%.
Since the end of April 2022, Alibaba is rumored to be “rolling” layoffs, affecting a number of business groups, including nails, Aliyun, Todd, CTO line, Taobi and so on. An Alibaba employee confirmed the rumor to DoNews, “the compensation is negotiable, but the job transfer is not allowed, and the HC (job vacancy) is locked.”
In early May, the day before the double major listing of Shell in Hong Kong, it was reported that the departments of shell products, research and development, operations, functions, as well as the new business track, home decoration, Pratt & Whitney residential layoffs, the proportion of up to 50%, compensation with Ninten1. The proportion of layoffs on COO and CTO lines is 40-50%.
On May 18, it was reported that the year-end bonus of Huawei’s former employees had been deducted. A number of Huawei employees left messages on their pulse, and there was no communication between post-service performance and bonuses, or performance was directly hit C, resulting in working for Huawei for many years and did not receive year-end bonus after leaving.
The difficulties of the Internet industry in 2022 can be seen in the performance report of Q1.
Alibaba’s financial year Q4 in 2021 (which is different from the normal fiscal year, as of March 31, 2022) showed that Alibaba made a net loss of 7.654 billion yuan in that quarter, the first quarterly loss since going public. In fact, starting from Q4 in fiscal year 2020, Alibaba’s revenue growth in a single quarter began to decline off a cliff.
Tencent also ushered in the Waterloo of quarterly net profit, which was 23.413 billion yuan in 2022, down 51% from a year earlier and 75% from a month earlier, according to Q1 in 2022. Huawei’s consumer business fell significantly in 2021 due to force majeure, with revenue of 243.4 billion yuan, down nearly 50% from a year earlier.
Poor performance is not only related to whether the jobs of on-the-job employees can be kept, but also bear the brunt of fresh graduates and corporate social recruitment. On May 19, ideal car and Xiaopeng Motor broke their contract to enroll students, and successively boarded the hot search. Lisa, who was ready to join the Little Red Book after the end of this year, has not been able to join the job smoothly: “the running water has mentioned it, and Offer has also been sent, but it has been dragged on, saying that it is a stocktaking, there is no HC, and there is no recruitment.”
Rose, who is in the financial industry, did not escape the bullet, and in mid-May, Rose, who works from home, suddenly received a layoff notice from his unit. “this is the second round of layoffs in our company this year, with a proportion as high as 50%. At the beginning of the year, people were still asking each other about layoffs, but now they are too numb to listen to gossip. Now I am very anxious, more from the uncertainty of the future, the day to make money did not catch up, I do not know if there is a chance in the future. “
A grain of ash of the times, falling on an individual’s head, is a mountain.
It is not only Rose that is anxious, confused and troubled. Many employees of Internet companies suddenly lost their jobs in May or even last year. What is the process of their departure? What kind of inner suffering have you experienced, and do you have any workplace experience that can be used for reference? DoNews chatted with employees of Huawei, Zhihu, Byte Jump and other big companies.
01. Within one day, the “speed of light” was resigned and there was no room for manoeuvre.
Li Meng | 34-year-old Zhihu community employee
Zhihu “do not know the clinic” Photo Source: Zhihu Marketing team
Two years ago, I changed jobs from an Internet company to Zhihu. I am satisfied with the matching degree of the position offered by Zhihu with my experience, the level of salary and the company’s proximity to home, but today, two years later, I never thought that the way to leave Zhihu was so disgraceful that it made me feel a little chilled.
Since May this year, with the development of the epidemic in Beijing, most of our colleagues have been working passively from home, but the content of our work has not changed. My department belongs to the Greater Community Department. Every day I need to do the content operation of the platform and the round table operation of the project. Our department has a meeting every Friday to summarize the work of the week and make specific work arrangements for next week.
The group meeting on Friday, May 20, is a little different. At the end of the meeting, the leader mysteriously mentioned that there would be a structural adjustment in the company in the near future, and he would talk to specific colleagues in private next Monday. However, no one thinks much about it, let alone take it seriously. after all, the pace of Internet companies is fast, and the structural adjustment is quite common.
However, something unexpected happened. On Monday, May 23, everyone was still working on time in the morning, and in the afternoon, the leader suddenly informed me to participate in the online Tencent meeting to clarify the “changes after structural adjustment.” In the online meeting group, there are not only department leaders, but also colleagues of HR. I realized that something was wrong. HR explained that the company had recently changed its business and had to adjust its organizational structure. I couldn’t work with me any more.
Before I knew it, HR had moved on to the next stage of the conversation, Last Day (last day) and how to pay for it. HR told me that the company would compensate us for Ninten1, and the day of the conversation, May 23rd, was the last day in the company. After confirming the amount of compensation, it was not much different from the amount estimated in my mind, so I signed the termination agreement directly.
There is not much value in continuing to talk to HR, except to make me feel tired and useless, because the list of layoffs has already been set. Within half an hour after I signed the agreement, my WeCom was banned by the company administrator, which made me feel the ruthlessness of the company under the interests. Under the epidemic, surprise layoffs caught me by surprise.
As far as I know, news reports know that the proportion of layoffs is 20% Murray and 30%, but the actual proportion of layoffs in our department has reached 35% Murray and 40%. Some groups have even been completely abolished, and the composition of grass-roots management is also included. Gold, silver and silver have passed, and I am about to usher in the 35-year-old “year of crisis”. I have no extravagant hope for the future.
02. After being sanctioned, invalid overtime increased, and there was no year-end bonus for leaving.
Xiao Wu | 32-year-old Huawei terminal BG employee
Huawei office building photo source: Techie News
In 2013, after graduating from university, I joined Huawei operator BG to do research and development as a fresh graduate. At that time, Huawei was on the rise, and this year, Huawei overtook Ericsson for the first time to become the world’s largest telecom operator, and I was satisfied with my career choice.
After four years of working for BG, I found that there was limited room for my job to rise, so in the fifth year, I applied for an internal transfer and went to work in the 2012 lab. But the work in 2012 lab is also very boring. After working for more than a year, I applied for internal transfer again. I wanted to challenge myself and came to the consumer BG.
2018 was the most promising year for consumer BG. For the first time, the revenue of consumer business surpassed that of operators and became the most “powerful” department. I was secretly glad that I had stepped on every node of Huawei. But unexpectedly, a year later, the situation changed.
In May 2019, the difficulties of consumer business increased year by year because of the well-known “blocking incident” of chip technology. Although, I belong to the grass-roots R & D position, after the business is limited, our grass-roots staff do not have a particularly intuitive feeling. But what you can clearly feel is that there is more and more overtime.
The leader will beat the chicken blood and let us work overtime for various reasons, but in fact, the work efficiency has not been improved. The crux of the problem is that overtime pay can only be settled when leaving, and it can not be reflected when I am on the job, which makes me have some resistance. In addition, usually I am not close to the leader, and the performance appraisal is often the leader’s arbitrariness. During the working period of consumer BG, I have excellent working ability, but my performance has been poor or even poor, which has a lot to do with the inharmonious relationship between me and my leaders.
Half a year’s performance and poor annual performance appraisal will not get a year-end bonus. After weighing the pros and cons, I think it is not worthwhile to continue. I am determined to leave Huawei. However, did not expect that the process of leaving is not pleasant, the problem also lies in the year-end bonus. Because, in Huawei, even if the employee is to leave, the leader also has the right to perform. If the performance is C, then I will not get the year-end bonus when I leave, and I will only be compensated by Never1.
I have worked for Huawei for nearly ten years, and I have contributed a great deal of youth to the company. I also have a deep affection for Huawei, but the shrinking amount of severance compensation makes me feel cold. As far as I know, I am not the only one who did not get the year-end bonus. Many people in our department, whether they leave voluntarily or passively, suffer losses because of the year-end bonus.
Huawei is based on strivers, and every striver should get his own “reward”, the rights and interests of workers should be protected, and there should be no “grey mechanism”. Of course, compared with Internet companies, Huawei has been so kind that employees can get Never1 compensation even if they leave voluntarily. But Huawei is not as glamorous as the outside world. For example, Huawei’s provident fund is much lower than that of other enterprises, the shuttle fare is taken care of by itself, and the canteen is more expensive than outside. Although I have left my job, I still have higher expectations for Huawei, and Huawei should have done better.
03. “put rotten” and “lie flat” were fired from the company, and I started to drive a ride-hailing car
Chen Mo | 30-year-old Rongchuang Real Estate planner
Fuchuang store photo source: Investing
As soon as I graduated from my bachelor’s degree, I entered the real estate industry to do planning-related work. I worked for seven years, and my salary rose from 2000-3000 yuan to tens of thousands of yuan all the way. Coupled with various real estate investment behaviors, it can be said that I worked for a few years. This job has basically achieved financial freedom in our second-and third-tier small cities, and I have personally witnessed the vigorous development of the real estate industry in recent years.
I thought that my career in the real estate industry could continue to be smooth. After all, with the increase of my working years, I have more and more experience in project management and project screening. But did not expect from last year, because of policy regulation, performance fault decline, the company’s operating conditions plummeted. Since last year, the company has laid off several rounds of staff in order to reduce operating costs, cut staffing and cut salaries.
My salary is also inevitably affected, shrinking to a little over 10,000, not only salary reduction, delayed payment, various subsidies, reimbursement suspension, year-end bonus has also been cancelled. Leaders often find various excuses for us to work overtime on weekends and do all kinds of PPT. It has greatly affected my enthusiasm for work. After all, there is no extra reward for hard work, and there seems to be no loss if I don’t work hard.
Gradually, after 2022, I began to learn to lie flat and lay it out. I simply fooled the work arranged by the leader. I went to work on time, got off work on time, and did not work overtime at night. Perhaps the leader is also aware of my negative, idle state, in the latest round of layoffs in May, I saw myself.
The manpower approached me for a brief conversation, and I readily agreed to the compensation plan. With the development of the industry over the past year or so, I do not have any expectations for the real estate industry. Wages have been deferred to the account for several months in a row, and even the basic living expenses have been affected. This year I am also 30 years old, “30 years old”. Instead of “boiling frogs in warm water” and slowly consuming your enthusiasm and passion, take advantage of the industry downturn to adjust yourself and switch tracks to find new career possibilities.
After I bought a house with all the money the year before last, I bought myself an electric car last year. In the case of the poor operation of the company, during the bad period, I often drive a ride-hailing at night to subsidize my living. the cost of electric car electricity is low. I can earn between 100 yuan and 200 yuan every day, which at least solves my daily meal expenses.
After leaving my job, I became a full-time ride-hailing driver. A friend asked me if I wouldn’t be anxious if I didn’t look for a job all the time. As a matter of fact, I don’t have any anxiety at all. I have fallen in love with the job of a ride-hailing driver. I am not as stressful as the real estate industry, my working hours are free, and I can earn more than 10,000 a month. I am happier. Now think about it, this may be “Sai Weng loss, nothing is not a blessing”!
04. When the quarantine period was over, I became a bum.
Qianqian | 26-year-old Shell New Housing Business operator
Shell looking for a house on the New York Stock Exchange Photo Source: MarketWatch
Who would have thought that the blows of life would always come one after another?
In early May, there was a COVID-19 positive case near my community. Then, as a close-knit community, our whole community was controlled and could not go out. Think that home isolation can not go to work is bad enough, do not want a bigger blow. On the third day of isolation, May 12, just after the company’s dual listing in Hong Kong, the company began to communicate with employees to discuss layoffs.
I was also on the list of layoffs. After a simple communication with the compensation plan, I was officially laid off. I came to the company at the end of May to go through the resignation formalities, and the whole process took less than ten minutes. From the announcement of the layoffs to the end of the layoffs, I was in a blank in my mind and blinded in my eyes. I didn’t have time to react or prepare for it, including recording in advance.
This is the first time I have been laid off. Since I graduated from college in 2019, I have been working for only three years. In 2021, I joined the shell new house business department. I remember that not long after entering the post at that time, the leader began to talk about hard times every day, and the company began to lay off staff one after another in the second half of the year.
Because I have just entered the real estate industry, I do not know the industry very well, I only vaguely heard from the leaders that the bad new housing business is mainly the problem of the developers. Some developers owe money for more than half a year to more than a year. After the end of this year, the industry has become even more depressed. The difficulties of the company can also be clearly felt by me as a grass-roots employee.
However, I did not expect that a young new employee of mine was also on the list of layoffs this time. On the one hand, there were raging layoffs in the company; on the other hand, I was trapped in my home because of the epidemic and could not go anywhere. I felt terrible at that time, and my inner depression was indescribable. During the quarantine at home, I began to look for a job online, but the position was limited, either closed, or after sending my resume, there was no response.
I think in this year’s market, it will be very difficult for me to find a suitable job at 01:30, so I might as well take a long holiday thoroughly. However, I can’t lie flat completely. The thought of Beijing drifters’s monthly rent and various living expenses makes me feel a lot of pressure. I thought to myself that I would give myself another month or two, and if I hadn’t found a new job, I planned to go back to my hometown to take shelter.
05. “enchantment” of Internet companies: after layoffs, I saw big companies without filters.
Feifei | before the age of 25, byte beats the staff of Shanghai commercial team.
Byte jump office building Photo Source: globalist
I was laid off last year, because I was laid off early, and luckily, a week after I left, I quickly found a new job and was generally satisfied. I am beating the Shanghai commercialization team in bytes, headquartered in the Shanghai Science and Technology Oasis office building. On November 9, 2021, the leader Fei Shu Laqun informed everyone to hold an online meeting together. Byte Shanghai commercialization team adjusts many managers to the front line, employees are laid off, and a group of more than 60 people only retains single digits.
Subsequently, enter the stage of departure formalities, and the compensation is Never1. Of course, internal job transfer opportunities are provided, strong employees have the opportunity to do vertical sales at the byte-beating city headquarters, and weaker ones go to new lines of business innovation, such as Douyin group buying. But in the end, after a comprehensive consideration, I decided to leave.
In June 2021, our school recruited into the byte jump Shanghai commercialization team, the position is sales management training. In fact, before I got the byte jump commercial offer, I also got a job as a teacher in Shenzhen. However, the byte jump belongs to the Internet big company, the halo above the head, I also very much agree with the byte beat corporate values “embrace change”. So I came to work in Shanghai from Shenzhen without hesitation.
But “embracing change” may mean that drastic changes can happen at any time. Before I joined the job, I was looking forward to the byte jump. After joining the job, I found that there is a gap between the reality and the ideal. When the halo and filters of Internet companies fade, there are actually a lot of problems. Commercialization the whole team is very young, most of them are post-95, team leaders of all aspects of qualifications, such as education, social experience and so on are very general. I graduated as a graduate student and belong to the most educated employee in the team.
Usually, people touch fish and paddle more often, and the overall working atmosphere is general. In particular, employee welfare and Shanghai Science and Technology Oasis headquarters is very different, we introduce our identity must be byte jump Douyin commercial team, not byte beat Douyin team, and the essence of the work of the commercial team is advertising sales, we mainly do SMB (small and medium-sized business), the actual business promotion, suitable for information flow advertising businesses and industries are limited. The end result may be to make a dead order and then regain the customer’s business.
Douyin group buying, another new business in the transfer option, I do not go because the mobility of the staff in this department is very high, and the invalid meetings are often held for three or four hours a day, which is a lot of mental torture. The byte-beating commercialization team is very good at packaging itself with a variety of new words, which may be a drawback for all big Internet companies. For example, noodle sales say OS, e-sales say IS, ground push says innovation, layoffs are called optimization. In short, some jobs in big factories are only seemingly glamorous and well-paid, but in fact they have no skills.
After experiencing this setback in the workplace, I advise new graduates that if they have a better choice, they must not do Internet sales because they cannot learn anything, which is not conducive to their long-term career development. The most worthwhile core post for Internet enterprises is the technical post, which is actually very good for product manager, operation and sales. Everyone thinks they can stay in their 20s, but it’s impossible. People still have to do something more valuable while they are young.
(Lisa, Rose, Li Meng, Xiao Wu, Chen Mo, Qian Qian and Feifei are aliases in the article)