Lenovo lays off about 1,000, mostly in Motorola
Motorola is going through its fourth round of layoffs in five years under the reigns of Google and current owner Lenovo.
The China-based technology manufacturer itself frames this as a less-than-2 percent cut of its global workforce, meaning that less than 1,100 jobs will be gone out of 55,000.
“The majority of the positions are being eliminated are part of the ongoing strategic integration between Lenovo and its Motorola smartphone business,” Lenovo stated to Droid Life, “as the company further aligns its organization and streamlines its product portfolio to best compete in the global smartphone market.”
On its own, the financially ailing Motorola Mobility started 2012 with 20,000 in its workforce. When Google took over, it axed 4,000 people that year and then another 1,200 in 2013. When ownership of Motorola transferred to Lenovo in 2014, the unit had shed more than 10,000 jobs and was reported to have 3,500 employees. Cuts have continued since then.
In an earnings statement last year, Lenovo said that its integration of Motorola into the company was “not successful.”
Earlier on, Droid Life was tipped by sources of the impact on Motorola, now likely to lose 700 or more of the 1,200 positions it currently maintains by tomorrow. One employee with 20 years of tenure who just got laid off posted to his Facebook page that his last day is on Friday. He believes that Lenovo has been and is continuing to centralize jobs in China and at its North Carolina headquarters. Internally, there’s been chatter to say that the remaining jobs may just get transferred to the Research Triangle. Lenovo insists that it remains “absolutely committed to Chicago” with Motorola staying put at its offices.