Folks under 45 are affected too.
Unfortunately, politics, age,gender,race still get pushed out- most time folks who coughs raise possible HR cases are driven out through hostile environment or comp actions. A female peer of mine just left because of a comp discrepancy. A male peer left for a different role to keep from getting pushed out although he had no performance problems and a recent award.
Bill S. is a fair and just leader but he has to depend on his team to act with integrity. Not that these are bad folks either, it's just they are in survival mode.
Michael D. is also a genuinely good, fair man and I believe he thinks the teams are being treated fairly and realigned appropriately.
Unfortunately, this is not the case as politics and fear are running wild.
If Bill S. and a few other key leaders leave after integration, the remaining talent will follow them. Startups and competitors will be gifted with spirited and reenerguzed filled sellers, engineers, and support teams.
Bigger tech giants have failed for similar reasons. I'm not hoping for failure if Delk EMC. Myself, my peers, and our customers would all rather see the Dell, Egan, dreams and work continue to succeed and grow into what the combined company could become.