Google are planning to cut back on more staff at their Motorola Mobility division again with a second round of layoffs. The reports indicate that 1,200 employees are being kicked out of the company, or around 10 percent of their total workforce.
Employees were told of the planning redundancies via email which read “while we’re very optimistic about the new products in our pipeline, we still face challenges. we’re operating in markets where we’re not competitive and we’re losing money.” According to the Wall Street Journal.
Motorola confirmed the cuts saying “These cuts are a continuation of the reductions we announced last summer. It’s obviously very hard for the employees concerned, and we are committed to helping them through this difficult transition.”
Google spent $12.4 billion buying Motorola Mobility last May, wanting access to the impressive patent portfolio to protect future business decisions. Google paid over the odds at the times for the takeover, but since then are looking to reduce their overheads. They sold the Motorola Home set top business to the Arris Group last December for $2.35 billion in cash and stock.
The first round of job cuts six months ago made 4,000 employees redundant, which was 20 percent of the workforce at the time. One third of the companies 94 offices were also shut at the time.
Kitguru says: Always sad to hear that people will be losing their jobs.