I started working for a seed stage software company back in April (jumped ship from a floundering Series A company because they gave me a very attractive offer). June 1st they hit us with a layoff. Funny thing is, they're trying their damndest to avoid saying it was a layoff to avoid negative PR. Not sure what else you call it when you cut 5 people from a 15 person company across departments.
Anyway, I very quickly landed with another company that seems to really have its shit together and sells into a recession proof industry (education). I put together a kind of lengthy LinkedIn post detailing the layoff, my experience with early stage startups, and how I'm leaving that life behind me because I have a wife and 1 year old child to support.
Immediately get an email from the HR lady at my previous employer demanding I either heavily alter the post or take it down entirely as it's "unfair to the team, full of inaccuracies (I'm assuming she's referring to my use of the term 'layoff'), and goes against my termination agreement." I capitulated and took out any mention of their name and the word layoff and it seems to have appeased them.
All of this is to say, it left a pretty bad taste in my mouth. Even more than the layoff, honestly. Anyone have any experience with companies getting snippy about this kind of thing?