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Dell says expect more than the originally announced 8,800 jobs to be cut

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.

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By barjebus on 4/4/2008 4:36:30 PM , Rating: 2
I don't object to the job appears that aside form the WiMax cuts, most of these jobs weren't professional ones. Regardless, I think it's sad the way in which our culture has changed in the last century. Perhaps my notions of history are completely wrong, but was there not times when companies had a moral and social contract to their employee's? That the company didn't exist simply to make money, but rather to provide a good or service to society, and in return, that money was recycled through it's employee's.

I realize stockholders have quite a stake today in most major business's, I just dislike most corporation's devotion to stockholders and disregard for employee's. I think I'm just being idealistic and overly cynical, but yeah.

RE: Sad
By spluurfg on 4/5/2008 4:55:25 AM , Rating: 3
They have such a system in Japan. The side effects are a completely inefficient labor system, poor growth, and low capital investment.

And stockholders don't just have quite a stake in today's business, stockholders by definition own the business... Many companies motivate staff by providing them with stocks as well as pay -- this gives them the ability to participate in the decision making processes with their share votes.

RE: Sad
By blwest on 4/5/08, Rating: 0
RE: Sad
By TALENT on 4/6/2008 12:34:59 AM , Rating: 1
The American "way of business" sucks and people need to realize that ethics and people make business happen, not shareholders.

Agreed - you treat people as useless and you get useless people.

At my company we have many contractors. The contractors get treated like second class citizens and as a result most of them produce second class results. I have noticed when some get hired on full time and get a little sense of security their work results skyrocket.

Treat people like people and you will get better results.

In the same vain - you need to cut slackers and deadwood. I don't want to give the impression I support and sub par workforce. But hard workers should always have a job and that's just not the case these days.

RE: Sad
By SlyNine on 4/6/2008 2:06:34 AM , Rating: 2
Couldnt have said it better my self, Id rate you up if I didn't already post.

RE: Sad
By AmyM on 4/6/2008 2:09:24 AM , Rating: 5
…you create an innovative/quality product and run the business right and profits will come.

The American "way of business" sucks…

Prove it.... You are very inaccurate.

No, you are the one who is inaccurate and I’ll prove it. American companies do create an innovative and quality product, as shown by having the highest GDP than any other country in the world – nearly double that of its closest rival, China.


While I sympathize with job losses that temporarily add uncertainty to people’s lives, this is nothing more than a cycle due in part to a dynamic world economy. These people will find work, our economy will grow, and life will go on.
If you look back to 1982, the national unemployment rate was 9.7%. Within 6 years unemployment was back down to 5.5%. In 1992 unemployment hit 7.5%, and within 4 years it was back down to 5.4%


To say “The American way of business sucks” is to say that the majority of the population sucks. Business exists to maximize the shareholder wealth. While this statement may seem insensitive to some, it is the American way of life. Some of the posts in this thread suggest that there needs to be some morality, or compassion that leads management in their decisions. To that I say: Where is the morality and compassion from the consumers that allow a small family owned business to go under because they shop at a discount super center.

The bottom line IS the bottom line for both business’ and consumers. Most people wouldn’t pay $4.00 for a gallon of gas when the station across the street is selling it for $3.75. Nor would most people stay at a job that paid $18/hr when they knew they could make $22/hr somewhere else.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive

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