Posts tagged “Layoffs”
Xerox Commercial Services is laying off another big group of employees at its call center in Cary, the company has told North Carolina officials. The job cuts follow the laying off of some 500 workers that was announced in October.
Statewide, the number of IBM employees has dropped to under 10,000 from 13,000 in 2009, according to internal IBM data. Alliance at IBM, which is seeking to represent Big Blue workers, cites leaked information from IBM directories as the source for its information. IBM won't discuss the numbers but says RTP and North Carolina remain workers "remain an integral part of nearly every facet of business."
Some job listings for specific categories of high-tech employment, such as hardware engineering, increased in September from the previous month. But overall openings declined for the third consecutive month and are well under the total openings a year earlier.
International networking firm Alcatel-Lucent will eliminate 10,000 jobs as part of Chief Executive Officer Michel Combes' so-called "Shift Plan" plan to accelerates a $1.4 billion cost-cut plan to revive the unprofitable French network-equipment maker. Of those cuts, some 2,100 will take place in the Americas.
Sales and profits are at record levels, and Lenovo has risen to the No. 1 spot among PC sellers worldwide even as it branches out more into smartphones and tablets. But the company also continues to make adjustments in its work force. The latest shifts means some layoffs at its North Carolina operations.
Most of the 508 positions being eliminated are customer care assistants, but some managerial, training and quality assurance jobs are affected as well. The layoffs are to take effect "on or about" Nov. 14, Xerox said in the letter.
The Germany-based technology giant, which employs 370,000 people worldwide, plans to cut 15,000 jobs. Siemens operates across North Carolina, including some operations in the Triangle.
BlackBerry reports a more than 40 percent plunge in sales and vows to cut a third of its workforce, raising concern that it's on the same downward spiral as Palm, though without prospects for a last-minute buyer.
Blackberry's layoffs represent about 40 percent of its global workforce. The cuts come as the smartphone maker failed to generate enough consumer interest in its new touchscreen smartphone.
BlackBerry's swelling inventory of unsold smartphones is approaching the $1 billion mark, raising the chance the company will make its fourth writedown in two years when it posts earnings next week. The company also is eyeing major job cuts, according to The Wall Street Journal.
A new report from Robert Half Technology focused on the Raleigh market shows more chief information officers are planning to hire, fewer plan to make layoffs or freeze hiring - but most only plan to fill existing openings. Confusing, eh?
BlackBerry is scaling back after the touch-screen Z10, introduced in February, failed to become a hit with consumers. The company is counting on the Q10, which sports a physical keyboard like earlier devices, to keep longtime customers loyal.
How ironic is it that on the same day an Israeli company secures financing for a $25 million plant that will convert food waste into electricity in Charlotte, Steven Burke and his staff learn officially that the North Carolina Biofuels Center will be shut down due to loss of funding. WRALTechWire talks with Burke about the looming end to a decade-old effort to make the state a leader in biofuel production. "Dismay and disbelief," he says of his reaction and that of others.