Trouble in M-Town as Google Readies 4,000 Job Cuts at Motorola

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Google might be one of the greatest companies to work for on the planet (if you die while working at Google, your spouse or significant other will receive 50 percent of your income for 10 years, which is just one of many awesome perks at Google), but it's not immune to job cuts. In fact, the Mountain View company announced plans to eliminate 4,000 jobs at its Motorola Mobility division, effectively slashing the venture's workforce by 20 percent.

In a regulatory filing today, Google explained the job cuts as necessary to "return Motorola's mobile devices unit to profitability." Google also warned investors that revenue figures are likely to bounce all over the place during the course of the next several quarters.

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"Motorola is committed to helping [laid off employees] through this difficult transition and will be providing generous severance packages, as well as outplacement services to help people find new jobs," Motorola Mobility told Bloomberg in an email.

Google acquired Motorola Mobility last year for $12.5 billion in what many viewed as a massive patent grab to fend off an increasing number of lawsuits against Android vendors. The acquisition netted Google over 17,000 patents, though it hasn't stopped Apple from suing major Android players like Samsung.
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Jaybk26 replied on Mon, Aug 13 2012 10:51 AM

Maybe it's time to start working at Google:D I work at a charter school and the benefits aren't quite as noticeable.

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InsideSin replied on Mon, Aug 13 2012 11:13 AM

The words "generous" and "severance" almost seem like an oxymoron when put together. You sure are modest Motorola.

"You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new."

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At leasr the get a "hefty" secerance bonous and at least they try to help them in recomending them to a possible new employer. I wish all companies are like that. Even though its inevitable and layoffs are bound to happen especially in this time and age, i give them props for their effort and for their gratitude for their employees

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mhenriday replied on Tue, Aug 14 2012 5:00 AM

HH may consider this request as outside its writ - and I could certainly understand that position - but it would be interesting if it could devote some resources to following up this matter - just what were the terms of those «generous severence packages» and how helpful and effective were those «outplacement services» ? Such information would tell us quite a bit about how Google leadership regards its human capital - in particular in companies which it purchases mainly to obtain a patent portfolio....

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