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Google has reportedly begun slashing the workforce at its Motorola Mobility division where it's planning to reduce the headcount by around 1,200 employees. That's a greater than 10 percent reduction in workers, though deemed necessary by Google to put the smartphone maker back in the black. The Wall Street Journal viewed an internal email sent out to Motorola Mobility staff members, and in it, Google lamented that its "costs are too high." Google also said that Motorola Mobility is operating in markets we're it's not competitive and is ultimately losing money because of it. Image Source: Flickr... Read more...
A long, drawn out legal battle with Apple notwithstanding, Samsung has been on a roll lately. It's Galaxy S III recently jumped past 30 million units sold to become the top selling smartphone, surpassing the mighty iPhone. More recently, Samsung said it shipped 5 million Galaxy Note II phone/tablet (phablet) hybrid devices. Life is good, at least on the retail side. As far as manufacturing goes, a recent audit conducted by Samsung revealed several labor violations at supplier plants in China. Underage workers wasn't one of them, but overtime hours in excess of local regulations and the imposition... Read more...
At a time when consumers are trending towards mobile products like smartphones and tablets, Texas Instruments has decided it can flip a bigger profit by focusing its energies elsewhere. As such. TI is planning to slash 1,700 jobs as it scales back its mobile processor business and transitions to other areas, like cars and smartphones. The planned layoffs add up to almost 5 percent of TI's global workforce and are part of a broader cost-reduction effort. "We have a great opportunity to reshape our OMAP processor and wireless connectivity product lines to concentrate on embedded markets. Momentum... Read more...
"Working here stinks!," a Google employee was heard saying NEVER. When was the last time you heard a Google worker complain about his or her job? You probably haven't, and there are lots of reasons for that. Pay is one of them, but there are all kinds of perks to becoming a G-Man or G-Woman, like benefits that extend into the afterlife (seriously), on-site physicians, free haircuts, discounted legal services, and the list goes on. We're not the only ones that think working for Google would be a groovy gig. In CNN Money's list of the 25 best global companies to work for, Google is No. 2. "Google... Read more...
Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision) may have finally figured out a solution to all those pesky accusations of poor working conditions that keep popping up in headlines -- robots! The human condition being what it is, workers comprised of blood and guts tend to gripe and moan when employers saddle them with low wages, long hours, tedious tasks, and other things that, collectively, drive some to view suicide as a superior alternative. Fine, have it your way. In the face of (reasonable) complaints, Foxconn president Terry Gou last year said he hoped to replace 1 million living and breathing workers with cold,... Read more...
There are plenty of perks to working at Google, such as financial support to the spouse of deceased workers, discounted legal services, travel insurance, game tables (like foosball) found in several buildings on Google's campus, and the list goes on. At the end of the day, it's still all about the almighty dollar, which just happens to be another point in Google's favor. Glassdoor has been analyzing salaries that software engineers make at some of the top tech firms, and none pay better than Google for Senior Software Engineers. The numbers change by the day, but as it currently stands, the average... Read more...
The holiday shopping season is just around the corner, and with it comes a flurry of temporary job openings. Even online companies are looking to bring workers into the fold. Case in point is Amazon, the mega e-tailer with warehouses spread across the nation. Anticipating a busy shopping season, Amazon plans to hire more than 50,000 seasonal employees at its fulfillment centers scattered throughout the U.S., some of which the company anticipates will stay on board permanently. "Temporary associates play a critical role in meeting increased customer demand during the holiday season, and we expect... Read more...
Google employees enjoy some killer perks. These come in the form of free legal advice and discounted legal services, travel insurance, on-site physicians and nurses, free haircuts, foosball and other game tables provided in various buildings on campus, laundry facilities, and other neat benefits. But did you know that Google will even take care of you after you're dead? Well, not you specifically, but recently disclosed death benefits ensures that your spouse or domestic partner will receive financial support. Specifically, if a Google employee expires, their spouse or partner will receive 50 percent... Read more...
Job cuts in the tech industry has become an all too common theme in the past couple of years, and the latest round of redundancy reductions is set to take place at Logitech. The peripheral maker announced plans to restructure its operations and simplify its organization to "better align costs with its current business to and free up resources to pursue its growth opportunities," and part of the process will entail handing out 450 pink slips. "As we announced in April, this organizational streamlining, along with our strategy to deliver fewer but more compelling products, should position Logitech... Read more...
Show of hands, how many of you own a BlackBerry device? Anyone? Hello!? Oh wait, there's a hand in the back, and one more far off to the side. Now raise your hand if you own an Android or iOS device. Holy moley, that looks like everyone else, save for that crazy guy in the back flapping his arms yelling something about the Windows Phone platform. Wait a minute, is that Steve Ballmer? Ah, that explains it. And therein lies the problem for Research In Motion (and Microsoft, but that's a topic for a different story). BlackBerry is struggling to compete with Android and iOS, and as a result, there's... Read more...
Okay, so Valve isn't building a 'Steam Box' game console as was previously rumored to be the case. Valve's marketing director Doug Lombardi pretty much shot the notion down, though he left the rumor on life support by not dismissing the idea outright, saying only that Valve is a "long way from...shipping any sort of hardware." Fine, that's fair enough. But Valve is definitely up to something. A new job posting seeking electrical engineers does more than hint that Valve is looking at building some type of hardware, it flat out confirms it. "For years, Valve has been all about writing software that... Read more...
Job cuts are an unfortunate part of doing business, especially when times get lean and investors grow antsy with dwindling profits (or increasing losses). When they do happen, you just hope too many people aren't affected. No such luck for Sony workers. The electronics juggernaut is reportedly getting ready to axe 10,000 workers, which represents 6 percent of its total global workforce. According to Reuters, Sony's layoffs are the latest blow to Japan, which has seen a number of technology companies, including NEC and Panasonic, look at ways to cut costs. Everyone is trying to cope with a strong... Read more...
Yahoo today confirmed plans to hand out around 2,000 pink slips to its employees, which is roughly equivalent to 14 percent of its workforce. The planned layoffs are an attempt to turn things around at Yahoo in a massive reorganization effort led by the company's new CEO, Scott Thompson, the former PayPal president who joined Yahoo in January of this year, four months after Carol Bartz was ousted from the position. "Today's actions are an important next step toward a bold, new Yahoo — smaller, nimbler, more profitable and better equipped to innovate as fast as our customers and our industry... Read more...
One in three college grads said that access to social media sites like Facebook and the ability to choose their own devices was more important to them than salary when considering a job offer. This according to a study of 2,800 college students and young professionals worldwide conducted by Cisco. More than 40% went so far as to say that they would accept less money for a job that was down with social media at work on a device of their choosing if it also included telework. The study was intended to determine what the Millennium Generation wants from employers and what they consider to be an equitable... Read more...
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