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April 6, 2009

Technology job losses mount in 2009

In 2009, technology companies have been cutting jobs at a rate not seen since the fallout from the dot.com bubble.

Companies in the technology sector announced planned job cuts totaling 84,217 in the 2009 first quarter, according to the report released Monday by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. That’s up 27 percent from 66,312 in the previous quarter, and the largest quarterly job-cut tally for the sector since the fourth quarter of 2002, when 133,511 layoffs were announced.

First-quarter tech sector job cuts were nearly five times higher than the 17,345 cuts announced during the same period a year ago.

Source: Austin Business Journal

March 26, 2009

Agilent Technologies to Cut Another 2,700 Jobs

According to DowJones, WSJ: “Agilent Technologies Inc. (A) shares gained after the company said it is eliminating another 2,700 jobs, its third round of cuts since December, as it tries to cope with huge drops in revenues.

Including 1,400 job cuts previously announced, the scientific instrument maker has now cut about 20% of its global work force and will now restructure two of its three units.”

Google cuts 200 jobs in Sales and Marketing in second round of layoffs

Google Inc. said Thursday, March 26, it will cut nearly 200 jobs in its global sales and marketing teams due to unchecked growth and “overlapping organizations.”
Google announced its first-ever cuts of full-time employees in January, when it said it would eliminate 100 positions from its recruiting organization.

Source: MarketWatch, Google

Related article: “Google slows acquisitions down to nothing

March 25, 2009

IBM Cutting More Jobs, Shifting Work to India

Weeks after slashing nearly 5,000 jobs, IBM is expected to shift the work of a large number of U.S. workers to IBM employees working in India, the latest example of a successful company that is continuing to slash costs and take advantage of cheap Asian labor, WSJ reported.

Source: WSJ, Fox Business News

Update (March, 25, 2009): IBM to cut 5,000 jobs in U.S: According to Reuters: “The job cuts will account for over 4 percent of IBM’s U.S. workforce, which totaled around 115,000 at the end of 2008. The sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly on the issue, said the cuts will mostly be in IBM’s global services business, which includes outsourcing and consulting services.”

BusinessWeek also reports (“IBM Cuts Jobs As It Seeks Stimulus Money“): “..the company would be cutting high-skill positions domestically as it and others jockey for new business from the $787 billion stimulus package Congress enacted in February”

March 18, 2009

IBM in talks to buy Sun Microsystems

According to Reuters, Yahoo News: “IBM is in talks to buy Sun Microsystems Inc for at least $6.5 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported, in a deal that could bolster their computer server products against rivals such as Hewlett-Packard Co.

That would translate into a premium of about 100 percent over Sun’s Nasdaq closing price Tuesday of $4.97 a share, the paper said, citing people familiar with the matter.”

Sun stock is down 71 percent in the last 52 weeks, a far cry from an all-time high of $258.75 that it touched during the dot-com boom. The company — which is shedding up to 6,000 jobs, or 18 percent of its workforce — reported a net loss of $209 million for its second quarter ended December 28, compared with year-earlier net profit of $260 million. Revenue fell 11 percent to $3.22 billion.”

March 17, 2009

Kaiser to cut 860 information technology jobs

According to SFGate: “Kaiser Permanente is cutting 860 information technology jobs nationwide under a realignment that includes a $500 million deal giving IBM management duties at Kaiser’s medical records data centers.”

“The Oakland health maintenance organization, which has spent as much as $5 billion over the past five years building up its electronic records system, said Monday it has inked a seven-year deal with IBM to maximize the performance of its data processing units.”

“In a separate action, Kaiser is eliminating an additional 160 information technology jobs scattered across 30 locations as it pares back spending due to the impact of the economic downturn.”

“Of the 700 staffers affected by the IBM deal, 500 work at one of the California data centers, which are located in Pasadena, Corona, Napa, Walnut Creek and Irvine

~News submitted by Jack R.

Nokia Plans 1,700 Job Cuts as Sales Slow

Nokia said Tuesday that it planned to eliminate 1,700 jobs, roughly 3 percent of its work force, as demand for phones continued to sag.
The company said 700 workers would be laid off in Finland and the rest elsewhere in Europe, Asia and North America. The layoffs are to take place in Nokia’s devices and markets divisions, which produce, market and sell mobile phones, and in a unit responsible for long-term corporate strategy.

Source: NYTimes

March 11, 2009

Dell cutting jobs in North Carolina, Texas

Filed under: Dell,Manufacturing,Technology,US — DF @ 2:12 pm
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Dell Inc is cutting more jobs this week as it continues to retool operations.

Dell declined on Wednesday to disclose how many people it is laying off, saying only that they are taking place at its assembly facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and in Central Texas.

Dell spokesman declined to say what other locations might also see job cuts. Dell’s headcount stood at 78,900 as of Jan. 30.

Source: Reuters

March 4, 2009

SGI lays off another 120 workers

According to The Register: “Supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics has let go 120 more employees, 9% of its workforce, in an effort to cut costs as its revenues decline.

These cuts come hot on the heels of a 15 per cent layoff announced in mid-December, when SGI slashed 15 per cent of its 1,500-strong workforce, eliminating 225 positions. After the latest rounds of cuts, SGI has approximately 1,155 employees. That latest round cost the company about $3m in severance and related charges, according to the 8K filing, and SGI expects the layoffs to be completed by March 27, 2009.”

March 3, 2009

Rumor: Apple Layoffs Today?

According to Valleywag: “One tipster tells us there are “major layoffs” at Apple. Another writes that “all sales teams have mandatory meetings today” and that “HR booked conference rooms in Cupertino.” Is Apple cutting salespeople loose?”

~News submitted by Jack R.

March 1, 2009

Anger grows as Spansion files for bankruptcy

According to EETimes: “Spansion Inc., the world’s largest NOR flash supplier, has filed for bankruptcy amid growing anger among former employees at the company.”
“Last week, there were reports that the company would cut 3,000 jobs, or about 35 percent of its workforce, over time, industry sources said. Despite layoffs and losses, Spansion reinstated full pay for many of its executives. This angered employees who were impacted by the layoffs. ”Spansion’s ex-employees are outraged on how the company handles layoff in the U.S. None of the U.S. employees got any advanced notices or severance or medical benefit extension,” said one former employee.”

February 25, 2009

Cisco Confirms Global Job Cuts

According to Channel Web: “Cisco Systems (NSDQ:CSCO) confirmed to Channelweb.com that it has eliminated a number of positions in the U.S. and abroad as part of its realignment and restructuring initiative that will chop $1 billion out of its operating budget throughout fiscal year 2009.

Cisco would not confirm on Wednesday how many positions were cut. Sources, however, said employees started receiving notifications on Tuesday, and roughly 250 of the positions eliminated were based in San Jose, Calif. Overall, sources said, the number of employees affected was fewer than the 1,500 to 2,000 that Cisco CEO John Chambers hinted at on the company’s earnings call for the second fiscal quarter.”

Advantest Forecasts Loss, Plans Job Cuts

According to WSJ: “Advantest Corp. (TYO:6857) said it expects to book a net loss of 78 billion yen ($805.7 million) for this fiscal year, prompting a reform plan that includes cutting 21% of its work force.”

~News submitted by upthecreek

Lenovo to cut 450 jobs in China

According to Reuters: “Lenovo Group, the world’s fourth-largest maker of personal computers, will eliminate 450 jobs in China, a company official said, as it cuts costs in a bid to return to profitability in 2010.”

Nortel to Cut 3,200 Jobs in Bid to Exit Protection

According to Bloomberg: “Nortel Networks Corp. plans to cut 3,200 jobs worldwide, a tenth of the total, as the unprofitable phone-equipment maker works on emerging from bankruptcy protection.

The reductions, in addition to 1,800 announced previously, will occur over the next several months, the Toronto-based company said today in a statement. Nortel also won’t pay any bonuses under its incentive plan for last year.”

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