Drugmaker Lays Off 1,700 Via Conference Call

On Nov. 30, 2010 employees at Sanofi-Aventis pharmaceuticals, the world’s fourth-biggest drugmaker, received an email from the company wishing them a happy Thanksgiving and telling them to check their email again at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

A.R., a Sanofi-Aventis sales representative in California who wished to remain anonymous, as her contract forbids publicly disparaging the company, said she and her coworkers each received one of the two mass emails the company sent out that Tuesday morning. Both emails contained a code, an 800-number and a call time, either 8:00 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. The employees who were instructed to call in at the earlier time were told they could keep their jobs, but the 1,700 employees who called in at 8:30 a.m. weren’t so lucky: They were laid off by a voice on the other line that told them to stop working immediately, and had no opportunity for question or comment.

The automated call seems to have had a ripple effect in at least one employee’s life. A.R. says she was so “shaken” by the whole process and is so worried about the possibility of finding employment in this economy that she can’t sleep at all, and it’s affecting her ability to perform in job interviews.

“I’ve gone through a roller coaster of emotions, angry to panicked to sad, and the feedback I’ve gotten on interviews is that I seem too anxious, like I’m more interested in getting any job than that particular job,” she said. “I say, ‘I’m sorry, I just got laid off.'”

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