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Mandatory pay cuts for everyone else in North America

Embattled AMD will cut 1,100 people and impose mandatory pay cuts on all North American employees. The figure is approximately 9 percent of its global workforce. The good news is that some of the layoffs will come through attrition, so not everyone will be seeing pink slips.

The cuts start from the top, as Executive Chairman and former President Hector Ruiz will see a 20 percent cut in his salary. Many analysts and investors blame Ruiz as the cause of the downfall of AMD, which for a time held a sales and technology lead over Intel in several key sectors. After his seventh consecutive quarterly loss, he was replaced as CEO by Dirk Meyer, who will also see a 20 percent pay cut.

Senior North American executives that are vice presidents or higher will see a 15 percent pay cut. Salaried workers will see a 10 percent cut, while hourly workers will face a 5 percent wage reduction. AMD will also halt its 401(k) matching program.

Last month, AMD took a $70 million charge after laying off 600 workers.

Longtime veterans of AMD have been longing for the good old days of Jerry Sanders, who led AMD for over 30 years. Despite going through several difficult recessions, he often refused to lay off employees, having seen the effects of layoffs that had occurred at Fairchild Semiconductor. Instead of cutting employees, he instituted efficiency programs, such as working on Saturdays and longer shifts.

AMD will also take an additional $622 million write-off on its purchase of ATI, after a $800 million impairment charge last year. AMD paid $5.4 billion to takeover ATI, which it sees as critical in its plans for Fusion products to compete against arch nemesis Intel.

Many layoffs have been announced in the last month, including Logitech, Seagate, and mighty giant AT&T. Earlier today, Circuit City announced that all 30,000 employees will lose their jobs.

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RE: Hang in there AMD!
By kilkennycat on 1/17/2009 12:31:52 AM , Rating: 3
It is strongly rumored that Intel is about to cut their Core 2 Quad Penryn prices and squeeze AMD's PhenomII margins ..... For example, the Q9550 is superior in performance to the X4 940 and is expected to drop in price from ~ $316 to ~$267... And the Q9650 is expected to drop from over $500 to ~ $330.

RE: Hang in there AMD!
By gevorg on 1/17/09, Rating: 0
RE: Hang in there AMD!
By kilkennycat on 1/17/2009 3:14:09 AM , Rating: 3
Core 2 (Penryn) does not need higher-priced motherboards nor DDR3. You are confusing Core 2 with the new Core i7 from Intel.

RE: Hang in there AMD!
By William Gaatjes on 1/17/2009 7:55:01 AM , Rating: 2
When it comes to real world performance and dragging large amounts of data around bigger then the 2 caches of the dual die penryn quad cores , the Ph2 wins.

RE: Hang in there AMD!
By William Gaatjes on 1/17/2009 7:57:25 AM , Rating: 3
And the cpu, motherboard + memory are more expensive then a comparable Ph2 offering. Don't believe all the fud. When you want the absolute best, go for the i7 965 core from Intel with matching motherboard and memory. When you want good for a low price go for the AMD Ph2.

RE: Hang in there AMD!
By atlmann10 on 1/19/2009 12:18:57 AM , Rating: 2
They have to Intel's largest competition is INTEL right now there latest core 2's are kicking there own a77. I want to build a new system this year myself. However if I do I am waiting for the Phenom2's with the AM3 chip set and DDR3, or I will build one on the new INTEL when they go to the dropped nm processors. I figure DDR3 and the X58 MB's should have dropped pretty well by then to. I imagine June to August when the price drop hits. I am also sure that sales in general are going to be slower than the norm because of the recession. Hopefully it means a double price drop for newer technology.

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