According to a trustworthy source, Lenovo has recently laid off hundreds of employees at Motorola. Estimates range as high as 700+ employees, which translates to more than 50% of the remaining 1200 workers.
Lenovo has confirmed the layoffs and stated that the number of employees affected would be less than 2% of the 55,000 employees employed worldwide. A press release recieved from Droid Life states that the downsizing is “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.”
A former Motorola employee took the news to Facebook, saying that he had been with the company for 20 years and his last day would be Friday. The source stated that Lenovo has been moving more resources and operations to China as of late, and according to rumors, staff might be relocated from Chicago to North Carolina, the headquarters of Lenovo US. However, according to Droid Life, Lenovo stated that they are “absolutely committed to Chicago and we plan to maintain our Motorola Mobility headquarters there.”
After this round of layoffs and the two previous rounds, Motorola looks to be a thin shadow of what it once was. Many of the employees and executives such as president Rick Osterloh, who led the company during the breakout success of the Moto X, and Jim Wicks, who designed the lauded Moto 360, are now gone.
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SOURCE [Droid Life]