DocuSign Layoffs: 400 More Employees to be Terminated

Details of the DocuSign Layoffs:  

DocuSign to layoff 400 employees.  DocuSign, the leading e-signature software firm, has announced another workforce reduction, cutting 6% of its employees. This decision, detailed in an SEC filing, primarily affects the sales and marketing teams, with the company expecting to incur between $28 and $32 million in severance, benefits, and other related costs.

This move emerges amidst swirling rumors of a potential $13 billion acquisition of DocuSign by private equity giants Bain Capital and Hellman & Friedman. Despite initial interest, Reuters reported a cooling off after the parties couldn’t agree on a price, leaving the door open for future negotiations.

Why are DocuSign Layoffs Occurring?

DocuSign experienced a meteoric rise during the pandemic, with its market capitalization exceeding $60 billion in 2021 due to the surge in demand for remote transaction solutions. However, as the world gradually returns to pre-pandemic norms, the company’s valuation has adjusted. It now hovers around $10 billion.

The recent layoffs mark the second wave of job cuts at DocuSign, following a 9% reduction in late 2022 and an additional 10% shortly after. The company asserts that this new round of layoffs aims to bolster its financial and operational efficiency. This move generates an optimistic outlook to either meet or surpass its financial projections in the upcoming Q4 2023 earnings report.

In a message to employees, DocuSign CEO Allan Thygesen explained the necessity of reducing operating costs. This DocuSign layoff buys the company time to navigate before the latest product releases and updates, including a new WhatsApp integration, can significantly improve revenue. Prior to this decision, DocuSign attempted to improve the bottom line by minimizing expenses in various non-payroll areas, such as program spending and professional fees. Despite these efforts, the need for further reductions became apparent, prompting this latest action.

DocuSign’s strategic pivot underscores the challenges and adjustments tech companies face in a fluctuating market landscape, emphasizing the importance of agility and efficiency in sustaining growth and profitability.

 How can Whitten and Lublin help DocuSign employees?

In Canada, DocuSign employees not part of a union are entitled to receive their full severance pay in the event of job loss due to downsizing or corporate restructuring. Various factor can impact a severance package, potentially spanning up to 24 months of pay. In case of mass layoffs of 50 people or more in Ontario, employees may be entitled to a greater severance package. Those not receiving their complete severance amount have the right to pursue compensation. We advise seeking legal counsel to ensure individuals facing layoffs at DocuSign receive their entitled compensation.

At Whitten & Lublin, we understand the challenges associated with job loss or termination, recognizing it as a stressful experience. Our team of experienced employment lawyers will guide you through the available legal avenues. This ensures you receive the rightful compensation owed to you. We encourage those affected by recent layoffs in Canada to reach out to us for a consultation, accessible through our online portal or by phone at (647) 951-7460 today.