Graphic by Stacy Jones
By Claire Zillman
September 20, 2015

When Hewlett-Packard last week announced that it planned to lay off 28,000 to 33,000—or about 10%— of its 300,000 workers, Fortune compared the size of the reductions to a “small city.” They’re part of the ‘pruning’ that CEO Meg Whitman says is necessary as the company plans to split in two on November 1. The company’s division into an enterprise business that sells data center gear and software and another that sells PCs and printers is aimed at making HP more nimble.

No matter the rationale, there’s no getting around the fact that the expected cuts are mammoth, much like the rounds of layoffs the company has already undergone. Including the latest downsizing, the company will have eliminated 83,000 to 88,000 jobs since Whitman took over in 2011.

But despite its size, HP’s layoffs are not the largest of the lot in the recent past. According to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the following companies can claim that ominous distinction.


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