normal guy:you do of course realize that is a meat cleaver right? dude shut up and go back to the corner and color.
While a company hatchet man may have some input as whether or not you get the sack, they do not make the final decision. They are acting on the boss' behalf, and such responsibilities are covered by their salary. Therefore they are like a workplace hitman, getting paid to finish people off for the higher ups.
That's never good news, he's the company's hatchet man!