Lenovo has laid off another few hundred employees at Motorola as “part of the ongoing strategic integration between Lenovo and its Motorola smartphone business.” This latest round would make it the third time Lenovo has had mass layoffs at Motorola since acquiring the company.
Droid-Life points out that there was at least one employee who took to Facebook after the layoff. The employee noted that he had been with Motorola for a whole 20 years and now his last day will be coming up on this Friday. As the employee said, Lenovo is moving much of Motorola’s operations to China, but in doing that, we hope that employees at Motorola who have been committed to the company are being compensated well and not treated as a standard, business-as-usual layoff.
Lenovo did make a statement regarding the layoffs, noting that it affects less than 2% of Lenovo’s global workforce of 55,000 employees. In other words, Lenovo has laid off a little less than 1,100 employees.
The full statement is as follows:
“Lenovo today announced a resource action impacting less than two percent of its approximately 55,000 employees globally. The majority of the positions being eliminated are part of the ongoing strategic integration between Lenovo and its Motorola smartphone business as the company further aligns its organization and streamlines its product portfolio to best compete in the global smartphone market.
The company is also making adjustments in other areas of the business as part of a continued effort to manage costs, drive efficiency and support ongoing improvement in overall financial performance. While these actions are never easy, they are a necessary part of our continued efforts to ensure long-term, profitable growth across all of our businesses.
Lenovo is absolutely committed to Chicago and we plan to maintain our Motorola Mobility headquarters there. Chicago has a well-deserved reputation for technical excellence and as the hub of our global R&D for our smartphone business we expect to take advantage of local talent to continue developing Moto products there.”
We here at Talk Android wish those only the best that are going through the difficult time of a job loss like this.