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3,000 workers are taking early retirement

Cisco is facing tough times as it tries to slash its budget to free up some money. Anytime a major tech firm starts talking about saving huge sums of money, you know that layoffs aren’t far behind. Cisco started talking about smaller scale layoffs a while back and it is now talking about large-scale layoffs with some starting as soon as the end of August.

Sources familiar with the cost cutting measures are saying that 10,000 jobs will be eliminated and 7,000 of those will be cut by the end of August. The additional 3,000 jobs are being eliminated with early retirement packages. The 10,000 employees that are being let go make up 14% of the global Cisco workforce.

Cisco cut 550 jobs when it killed the Flip line of video cameras. The additional workers that will be cut are part of the plan Cisco outlined in May to save $1 billion. The company has already stated that the costs for the early retirement program will add anywhere from $500 million to $1 billion in Q4. The early retirement package includes a year's salary and medical benefits.

Cisco spokeswoman Karen Tillman said, "We will provide additional detail on the cost reductions, including layoffs, on our next earnings call."

Analyst Brian Marshall from Gleacher & Co said, "The revenue trajectory hasn’t been where it should be. The company is not staffed on an appropriate level. They simply have too many employees."

Cisco is still seeing the erosion of its market share in the important networking realm where it generates most of its profits. Cisco has lost 6.4% of its global market share taking it to 54.2% of the market. While Cisco is shrinking, its main competitor, Juniper, is growing. 

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shocking since their stuff is so low tech
By alent1234 on 7/12/2011 2:49:13 PM , Rating: 2
the hardware in their switches and routers is old and slow when compared to even smartphone hardware. and it ridiculously expensive. like hundreds of $$$ for a few MB of flash

By Taft12 on 7/12/2011 2:54:20 PM , Rating: 4
I think I'd like my business-critical networking gear a BIT more reliable than a smartphone...

RE: shocking since their stuff is so low tech
By monitorjbl on 7/12/2011 5:16:14 PM , Rating: 2
Google 'CRS-3' and ask yourself if a smartphone could handle that.

By Zok on 7/12/2011 8:12:16 PM , Rating: 2
I'll take a Brocade MLXe-32 or a Juniper T4000 before the Cisco CRS-3, thank you. :)

By Smilin on 7/12/2011 5:27:10 PM , Rating: 2
And like a smartphone it runs iOS!


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