The Straits Times
Published on Aug 13, 2012

Google planning 4,000 layoffs at Motorola


NEW YORK (AFP) - Internet giant Google on Monday said it plans to lay off about 4,000 employees at Motorola, a cellphone maker it purchased in May, in order to return the company to profitability.

"While we expect this strategy to create new opportunities and help return Motorola's mobile devices unit to profitability, we understand how hard these changes will be for the employees concerned," a company spokesperson told AFP.

According to The New York Times, the reorganisation plan calls for laying off about 20 per cent of Motorola's workforce and closing a third of its 94 offices worldwide. About two-thirds of the affected 4,000 jobs will be lost outside of the United States, according to the report.

The company plans to leave unprofitable markets, stop making low-end devices and reduce the number of cellphone models it is producing, the paper said.