1000tellini and the math.
1000 managers. Well, that is a start. Figure one manager for every 6-7 people. Means 1 person is a manager out of every 8. Or 10,000 managers out of 80,000 so the layoff means about 10% of managerial ranks. Of course, focal expects about 10% of the general population to be "slower" so this is close to what you would expect from attrition and running managers out of town on Corrective Action Programs. Of course, there are more than 80,000 people. Closer to 100K. And each of those managers also has a manager so there are probably more than 10,000 managers. I wouldn't be surprised if the number were 15,000. This makes the layoffs nearly trivial when compared to yearly attrition.
But they will be painful of course to those 1000 people. That can not be denied. And how did things end up this way? Is focal to blame with a salary structure that incentivizes becoming a manager? Is a too narrow technical track to Intel Fellow the reason? Are the bloated upper levels of dozens of ill-integrated acquisitions clogging the corporate ladder? Is everyone just getting older?
So many questions. So many hard problems that need to be addressed as a systemic problem rather than as a reaction. And that is why Paul makes the big bucks.