There is no difference when it comes to throat cutting by the different companies. It has been handled the same each time a slow down comes around. Kiss your ass when they need you, won't take your phone calls when they don't. That's just the way it is. Some leave the industry and return, some do not.
When the companies start throwing money and even time schedules around again, some of you will be back and sipping the kool aid again.
If you worked with some of the old timers that told you the horror stories of previous layoffs and you did not heed their advice, well, sorry for you.
I have only worked in the GOM. I have never worked towing or deep sea. I also didn't buy into this 'we are family' nonsense. If you think you're going to be hunting buddies with operations and management, then you have your priorities mixed up. You are here to operate equipment to generate revenue for your employer so that they can continue to pay you to keep doing your job. I also know that the only open door policy is the one you walk through on your way out.
Those that left because a company went 28/14, if you don't like it- leave. No one is forcing you to work there.