It may be a done deal, but some former Palm
employees aren't singing a
positive tune after the HP
acquisition. In many cases where one company
takes over another (or just buys another to integrate), at least a few
positions are eliminated. There's usually never a need for two CEOs, and
some of the duplication simply can't be dealt with unless some folks
are cut. It's an unfortunate truth, and considering just how huge both
Palm and HP are, you had to expect that something like this would
All Things D is reporting that some Palm employees were cut after the HP
deal was officially concluded, but they still aren't sure of exactly
how many were sent packing. According to sources, there have been
"double digit" cuts; not in the hundreds, but still an event that's not
positive for those who were working so hard to revive Palm and help it
to stand alone. A company spokesperson had this to say: "Part of the
integration strategy is consolidation of functions and
operations, as appropriate. There always is turnover in organizations.
Palm employees overall are
enthusiastic about having the financial stability and global scale
necessary to complete their vision."
We still can't know for sure just what the new Palm would look like.
It's now listed as a subsidiary of HP, but none of the new management
has come forward with very clear details about Palm's role at HP. One
can only hope that fracturing a once tight-knit workforce won't lead to
product delays and the like, but we suppose only time will tell.