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Former Hibu Employee Speaks Out

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) -- This week, 184 Hibu employees are dealing with the blow of sudden layoffs at the company, after receiving notice that they would get 30 days of pay and benefits before losing their jobs on Monday.

Some Hibu employees say they are afraid to speak out about the layoffs for fear of losing that severance package or the chance at future freelance work, but one former employee, who resigned just before the layoffs, said she was glad she got out at the right time.

Raven Hollenhorst said she is glad she put in her two weeks, because her job would have been cut, too.

Hollenhorst worked for Hibu for about six months, and said her time there was very turbulent. She worked on the customer service side, and said strategies with clients changed from day to day.

She said she watched the goals of management change from giving clients what they wanted to getting as much money as possible as quickly as possible. When that happened, Hollenhorst said she was worried about Hibu's finances, and decided to find another job.

"I feel a little bit angered that, you know, people counted on this, people took this job thinking they had this job for a while. And I find it really, really hard to believe that a company of that size doesn't have an accountant somewhere that could have said, 'Hey, hiring all these people is not what we need to do right now,'" she said.

Hollenhorst's account is only one side of the story, because Hibu has not released many details. The company is complying with the Department of Labor's WARN regulations, however, which requires a notification like the one issued this week. It is often used in massive-scale layoffs.

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