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52. Re: More Valve Layoffs Feb 19, 2013, 03:15 Dev
Loose Cannon wrote on Feb 15, 2013, 12:51:
I realize that no one will probably read this, but I wrote a program to use the Way Back Machine ( to look at the employee directory. According to it:

Total Hires: 143
Total Fires: 35

These figures point to the layoffs not being that substantial (of course that assumes that the employee directory is accurate, which it probably isn't). If anyone is interested, I have a list of the 143 people that have been in the employee directory at some point and their hire/fire dates (Way Back Machine started crawling the site 4/14/2010, when the page had 102 people on it).
No one at all read it sorry.

Actually, I'm interested in the proportion of the recent firings to the total firings. Its definitely not accurate since valve has had at least 200 employees at one point. Also, you list any absences as firings when there's like to be just as many (or more) people voluntarily taking a different job. But it will at least give a feel for how significant this is. From your list, the figure of 9 confirmed firings out of 35 total confirmed (well departures at any rate). So that's pretty significant, its also the biggest single loss since the archive started tracking it.
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