Layoffs did not do what they were supposed to
The layoffs as publicized were supposed to trim the fat at the top of the company. Some areas of the company followed directions but many did not. Those that did not used this as an opportunity to get rid of subordinates that they didn't like for personal reasons regardless of how well those people did their jobs. In some cases the cuts are actually detrimental to the company's future. In some cases duplicate roles at higher levels remain where eliminating one of those duplications (with someone close to retirement) would have saved 3-4 lower paying and more efficient jobs. Is this a novel practice by a American based conglomerate? No, but is it is still ethically wrong. Changes put in place make it seem like the doors will be closing in the next few years or the company will be for sale at a deep discount soon. Good luck to all those laid off!