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Google to cut 4 000 Motorola jobs

2012-08-13 12:38

New York - Internet giant Google on Monday said it plans to lay off about 4 000 employees at Motorola, a cellphone maker it purchased in May, in order to return the company to profitability.

"While we expect this strategy to create new opportunities and help return Motorola's mobile devices unit to profitability, we understand how hard these changes will be for the employees concerned," a company spokesperson told AFP.

According to The New York Times, the reorganisation plan calls for laying off about 20% of Motorola's workforce and closing a third of its 94 offices worldwide.

About two-thirds of the affected 4 000 jobs will be lost outside of the United States, according to the report.

The company plans to leave unprofitable markets, stop making low-end devices and reduce the number of cellphone models it is producing, the paper said.

The Google spokesperson said help will be provided to those whose jobs were being cut.

"Motorola is committed to helping them through this difficult transition and will be providing generous severance packages, as well as outplacement services to help people find new jobs," the spokesperson said.


      

Comments
  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-08-13 13:39

    No more Mr. Nice Guy!

  • jowza1 - 2012-08-13 13:50

    4000 employees wont use google,looking for jobs

  • ringetadaniel.mashimbye - 2012-08-13 14:13

    We will also not buy Motorola products. They maximize profits at the expense of people's wellbeing. 4000 families, I pray for them.

      joe.soap.1806253 - 2012-08-13 14:49

      At least Google is doing something to help those they are laying off; give them enough money to tide themselves over until they find new jobs - which is more than can be said for thousands of other businesses. Motorola is losing money, retrenchment is common business practice to try and get a company's financially into the green again. And as for you not buying their products, did you even give that the remotest bit of thought? Imagine if enough people followed you in not buying Motorola's products .. then the company would continue to lose money then they would fire more people and you would continue to not buy their products and eventually Motorola would be shut down and all those people who still had jobs at Motorola would now be jobless .. all because you didn't buy Motorola products.

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