Dell announced earlier this week that it would close down its Austin, Texas PC manufacturing plant and laying off 900 employees in the Austin area. Dell also said at that time that it intended to cut an additional 8,800 jobs within the company in an effort to save a total of $3 billion over the next several years.
Michael Dell, CEO and Founder of Dell, said on Thursday, “We're decreasing our head count. It's declined in the past two quarters and it will decline again in the first quarter. And we will go past the 8,800 target previously discussed as we achieve everything that I'm outlining today."
The AP reports that 5,500 Dell jobs have been cut so far with 1,000 more cuts coming this quarter. However, Dell CFO Donald Carty does say that there has been an increase in frontline personnel like sales and customer support for a net reduction of 3,200 jobs so far.
Dell isn’t alone in cutting jobs; Motorola is having its own problem with profitability and too many mouths to feed. Motorola announced recently that it wanted to break into two companies in an effort to become more profitable.
Motorola announced today that it would cut an additional 2,600 jobs adding up to 10,000 jobs cut since the beginning of 2007. The reason for the job cuts is blamed in part on the poor sales of cellular phones. The layoffs are the first wave of a plan to save Motorola $500 million this year.
The Wall Street Journal quotes Motorola from a statement saying, “The work-force reductions are intended to make financial resources available for strategic business investment, while better aligning operational costs and expenses with business growth.”
Motorola is cutting jobs both abroad and at home, 354 of the jobs cut were in Plantation, Florida where handsets for use on WiMax networks were in development. The sad state of WiMax in the U.S. with Sprint continually postponing its Xohm rollout likely had an effect on those cuts.
quote: They don't even really have a phone with a built-in keyboard
quote: I love it how it has become expected that a companies profits should go up every year.
quote: You think the consumer stopped buying before the layoffs started, interesting theory, I think you're wrong.
quote: How can I say this... IT'S JUST BUSINESS!
quote:This is a trend that's been getting worse and worse for the last 10 years. Until the execs in charge of companies right now get replaced or die off, I don't think this lust for greed is going to end anytime soon.
quote: I love it how it has become expected that a companies profits should go up every year. And if they aren't, then they must be not doing something right or have too many employees. People wonder why the average engineer will change jobs almost(or more than) 10 times in their career. Because companies are constantly cutting jobs.
quote: Correction, blame the shareholders that hold enough shares that they are able to vote in board members. If you don't own enough shares, you can't vote.Interestingly you seem to gloss over the fact that the CEO's are appointed by boards comprised of wealthy friends.