Google swings the axe at Motorola

Google swings the axe at Motorola

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Internet giant Google says it plans to lay off about 4000 employees at Motorola, the mobile phone maker it purchased in May, in order to return the company to profitability.

"While we expect this strategy to create new opportunities and help return Motorola's mobile devices unit to profitability, we understand how hard these changes will be for the employees concerned," a company spokesperson told AFP on Monday.

According to The New York Times, the reorganisation plan calls for laying off about 20 per cent of Motorola's workforce and closing a third of its 94 offices worldwide.

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They only purchased Motorola in May. What is going on?

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Google's plan is to do a few phones well rather than lots badly. Motorola introduced 27 different models last year apparently. If you are only going to introduce 2 or 3 then you don't need as many people.

Also

"While the planned layoffs of 20 percent of staff haven't begun, Google has already gotten rid of 40 percent of Motorola's vice presidents"

which sounds like they have dumped an acumulation of useless middle management.

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Paul Gotch

Motorola, the mobile phone maker it purchased in

Motorola's mobile devices unit to

concerned," a company spokesperson told

about 20 per cent of Motorola's workforce

"What's going on" is very simple.

Profit is income minus expenses.

Employees are expenses.

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David T. Ashley

If anyone REALLY thinks that's what businesses think, they have never been anything but a simple "employee".

The big problem is that while most other phone makers produce a few to a SINGLE model of phone, Motorola makes over 20 models.

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They want to try a different business model, and if you aren't making 20

  • models of phones, you don't need as many people to support that effort. Simple enough.
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WangoTango

Motorola, the mobile phone maker it purchased in

Motorola's mobile devices unit to

concerned," a company spokesperson told

about 20 per cent of Motorola's workforce

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Not always. For a firm with rising expectations, employees are not just expenses.

For firms in a declining market, they are much more likely to be "just expenses."

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Doing multiple spinoffs is OK if one has the right base. But they ignored the power architecture technology they had at hand - a huge advantage - and went ARM; good luck making the difference now. And when we look at the AMOLED displays Samsung alone can make (at least for now) it is not hard to predict which way things will go. Google are also well positioned with their control over android but this is yet another linux after all, not very unique at all.

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Motorola, the mobile phone maker it purchased in

Motorola's mobile devices unit to

concerned," a company spokesperson told

about 20 per cent of Motorola's workforce

One bunch of suits oversold their assett (employees not assett)

The second bunch of suits now find out

The second bunch of suits can now justify anything

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