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Motorola Cuts 4,000 Jobs
Fresh on Heels of Google Acquisition
by Karl Bode 08:53AM Monday Aug 13 2012
Not long after buying Motorola primarily for the company's patents, Google and Motorola say that the freshly-acquired company will be cutting 20% of their workforce, or about 4,000 jobs. Google insists the cuts are the beginning of their attempt to re-invent Motorola, which has lagged in the battle against other manufacturers like Apple and Samsung in the smartphone arena. Google's house cleaning has included the executive level, where the company has jettisoned forty percent of its vice presidents. Despite a clear interest in manufacturing set top products, Google also seems intent on selling off Motorola's cable set top box market, with the bidding process expected to begin in September.

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AnonFTW

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Makes sense

Cut out half of the worthless executive-level nitwits, then jettison all the lower level engineers working on Android who are less capable than the equivalent talent at Google.
brawney
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Re: Makes sense

I agree. This is an old company with a lot of 'fat' that can be cut. Hopefully Google can do a good job at turning this company around. I look forward to it!

boogi man

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this should be good

Before this google has had to work with a handset manufacturer. now they are one and i am really hoping they will come up with something far better than the moto handsets i used most recently and please for the love of god kill motoblur if it hasn't been already.
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scavio
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Re: this should be good

They've actually calmed down the skinning quite a bit (at least with the new Atrix). The changes are minor and actually are helpful rather than detrimental.

boogi man

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Re: this should be good

cool. it's honestly been a few years. my first droid phone was a moto cliq and it was hatefully bad. i bought it because or previous good experiences and that pretty much ended them for me.
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AnonMe

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Good move, but Google isn't so great themselves

Certainly a good move addressing those who have become complacent/non-innovative in their jobs, but Google should also look at reinventing itself when it comes to it's own butchered user interfaces for it's online apps and "single sign-on" (that isn't).

meeeeeeeeee

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40% of Vice Presidents?

How can a company be so top heavy that 40% of Vice Presidents can be cut without disastrous results? Has Moto been THAT badly mismanaged? If that's the case, the cuts didn't go anywhere NEAR high enough!

Tyler Durdon

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Re: 40% of Vice Presidents?

The cable side had a lot of Directors when Motorola bought them 12 years ago.. when digital cable took off the top level employees kept demanding more money not to leave so in order to keep them on-board they start creating Director level positions for them. They actually have director level people there with no direct reports. Some of them were pushed up to VP and most of them are part of a bloated middle management with out of date skills. You could dump them without missing a deadline and keep a bunch of the people who would otherwise be laid off, but of course when you tell a group like that to cut costs, they protect their executive buddies and lay-off the struggling middle class people who really need the money.

meeeeeeeeee

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Re: 40% of Vice Presidents?

Thanks for the explanation and history lesson. Sounds like a lot of years of bad decisions being made at the top levels. The housecleaning might have to go much further upwards.
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Re: 40% of Vice Presidents?

What wasn't mentioned is that a large number of VPs had already been purged a couple of years ago or so. There were VPs that had no reports.

On the other hand, many of those "struggling middle class people" were/are lazier than shit. The company (at least at headquarters) turned into a ghost town by 4:30 in the evening. When I left at around 6:30 or 7:00, there were only a handful of cars left.
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Re: 40% of Vice Presidents?

said by Badonkadonk:

What wasn't mentioned is that a large number of VPs had already been purged a couple of years ago or so. There were VPs that had no reports.

Sounds like a defense contractor I worked at years ago. Every relative of the CEO was a vice president... but we had a bottomless pit of money to draw from... the US Taxpayer.
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Re: 40% of Vice Presidents?

Yeah, I thought it was pretty amazing too. Everyone had hopes of being a VP at some point or other. After working there for a while, though, you realized that a large majority of promotions were based on favoritism and coddling up to the right person. The other path was getting hired in from the outside. They always brought people in at relatively high level compared to their peers who had been there or had grown with the company over time. I was one that came in as a lateral. My pay and grade was 2 levels higher than my peers with the same amount of experience.
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Re: 40% of Vice Presidents?

We had one VP for every 28 employees, Bernie had a LOT of relatives. Most had no reports, many had no show jobs, just an empty desk with a name plate. NONE could recite the names of all their reports if they had any.

The President of the company once climbed a tree with his Porshe at 3am, dead drunk. He was out for a year and no one noticed till he came back in a wheelchair.
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Re: 40% of Vice Presidents?

Dang. Sounds like a great gig, if you could get it.

meeeeeeeeee

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Re: 40% of Vice Presidents?

Was great for Bernie's relatives... Sucked for the rest of us that actually had to work.

meeeeeeeeee

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said by Badonkadonk:

Dang. Sounds like a great gig, if you could get it.

At least I was a part of history, although the true history is hard to find now, it's been sanitized and re-written. The company I worked for GAVE the CHINESE the ability to drop a missile on a dime, anywhere in the world.

The Chinese had great missiles... but couldn't hit anything with them. Most went straight up and came straight back down lol. They just couldn't develop the guidance systems. Under orders of then President Billy Bob Clinton... Against the say of the State Dept., The Pentagon, The CIA, our company sent a team over with not only the guidance systems, but the machines needed to make them (for a small donation of $85 million to the DNC from a company owned by the Chinese Army). After setting up the machines for a "demo", some nice Chinese soldiers, heavily armed, came into the room and said "You can leave now". When the techs moved to the machines to pack them up, rounds were chambered and the soldiers said again "you can leave NOW". The machines, boards, documentation, everything were left there.

A small article appeared in the N.Y. Times, inside seam, way in the back, while the headlines SCREAMED about the stain on Monica's dress. Sadly, that article made the DNC return the $85 million, but the topic was never written about or discussed again. In the "official" history the company was found to be a rogue company that defied export bans and went belly up. They had spent decades making billions...not a bad trade. No one went to prison or was even criminally charged. The country talked about stains and lived happily ever after. The only sad part, is my friends that were on that trip... all died young. Unexplained accidents and suicides.

It really wasn't a good company to work for...
Badonkadonk
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Re: 40% of Vice Presidents?

Wow. Quite the story. I can only imagine what goes on in those types of situations.

meeeeeeeeee

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Re: 40% of Vice Presidents?

It's not an industry I'd recommend to anyone. It's funny... All these years later, I remember my friends. I Googled around trying to see what remains of the story. History was completely re-written.
dragonman300

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...

Go Google! Make them to unlock the all bootloaders!

Sent from my "locked" Motorola Photon 4G
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lost the initiative

they had the initiative and then let others slide ahead with NO R&D / product cycle response.. good way to lose market share over the last 12-24 months! If apple can complete a product cycle in 12 months, then so better everyone else or consumers lose interest.

there are rockchip tablets that best the xoom tablet for less than half the price.. way to go... the next gen tablets better have 128gb ssd's oboard and sdxc card slot to reach the $500 price range..
25139889

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Re: lost the initiative

Apple releases new products that often with normally little to no improvement; they keep the same name for the most part and slap a letter after the number. They can get away with it due to they know people will drop thousands of dollars on the products.

it's not the same way with Mot or any other company; they don't have the people drinking the kool-aid (r)
iknow
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they got away from the core

why they diversified like they did, instead of staying with what they have always done best from the start, i don't know, but that is the problem. they used to make excellent semiconductors and ICs and their radios were a standard, now, they are bankrupting themselves!.

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Re: they got away from the core

said by iknow:

why they diversified like they did, instead of staying with what they have always done best from the start, i don't know, but that is the problem. they used to make excellent semiconductors and ICs and their radios were a standard, now, they are bankrupting themselves!.

Yeah... they USED to make great radios. If you couldn't use it to call for help, you could beat someone over the head with it and then use it to call the meat wagon lol.
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Motorola is one hilarious company

I worked for them for a year! The toughest part was going through their stupid new hire training. They try to drill company loyalty into their employees by boring them to death with the same dogma that they themselves ignore. Its a hire-n-fire company. I am glad I left them before Chris had the chance to fire me. They have more bureaucracy than the government. The only thing that amazes me is that they are still around. The management is full of sleep-to-top type of women. If an engineer innovates his manager is sure to steal his idea and present in his name. Even pirates had more honor than the management of Motorola
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Re: Motorola is one hilarious company

Chris Galvin was really the one who hurt the company. His pet project, Iridium, was an abject failure and between the litigation and sale, Mot only got pennies on the dollar for it.

Also, what people here don't know or have forgotten is that Motorola waited far too long to transition from analog to digital. That was also a Chris Galvin failing. They stayed the TDMA course until it was disastrously late. They never really recovered. The Razr was just a short lived blip on the screen.

All of the above being said, back in the late 90s it was a great place to work. I still have at least half a dozen close friends from those days and never worked in a place that I enjoyed more. I miss the people. I don't miss the salary, the politics or the executive management.
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25139889

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FAILED

And yet Karl fails to mention that they're EXPANDING the jobs in China.

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Re: FAILED

Google haters gonna hate.
25139889

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Re: FAILED

and you can keep buying your crappy products from China. Any company that INCREASES jobs to China should be hated. Those same jobs could be brought back to our country. Hell, leave them in India before sending them to China.

but oh wait- As long as Google does it -it's okay right? You do realize that for doing business there Google is going to be doing WHATEVER the Chinese gov't tells them to. Otherwise- kicked back out of the country.
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AT&T

If AT&T has bought Moto Mobility they would have added 10,000 jobs (just like buying T-mobile would have created jobs).
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Re: AT&T

said by tcope:

If AT&T has bought Moto Mobility they would have added 10,000 jobs (just like buying T-mobile would have created jobs).

Actually, when companies MERGE or one buys the other.. the reason for the deal is it results in net job cuts.. and with how wireless and wireline are playing out today, the union jobs are on the agenda for throwing overboard at both AT&T AND VERIZON! The pro AT&T press releases were hot air and hype full of lies.. some of with they got caught in, that's why the FCC and DOJ acted to block the merger.

Banks and Oil industries are recent examples.. Banks had a cyclical adjustment with the mergers and are recouping some of the jobs lost... Oil gained jobs.. about 50k but at the cost of tens of millions of jobs and pay cuts for others due to $4 and $5 gasoline seasonal adjustments to trash the economy.
25139889

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Re: AT&T

The Unions just cried more than ATT paid to have the merger go through. The unions would have pushed it if the Mobility company was union.
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Are you implying that AT&T would flat out lie just to get their way? That would never happen. AT&T could never do something like that.

Old Guy

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they got away from the core

Motorola has prospered and built a great reputation in the LMR (land mobile radio) business since the "beginning" of radio.

However, they have repeatedly jumped into "hot" industrial markets, and successfully sold bad products solely on the reputation and prestige of the Motorola name. Then when the chickens come home to roost, they jump out of the market leaving their customers holding the bag.

Looks to me like they have finally ruined Motorola's name.
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How can they be doing badly?

I have a Surfboard modem. Other brands are mostly junk modems. I would never want anything but a Surfboard.

My ISP has never allowed us to buy our own and mine is almost 8 years old now. My ISP stopped using Motorola Surfboards back in 2005 (when they replaced my Surfboard 4100 with a Surfboard 5100 that I still use) so I always worried what sort of garbage modem they would replace mine with if/when the 5100 needed replacing (such as now if I want 20/2 tier which requires DOCSIS 3 modem).

However, currently, my ISP is ordering ONLY Surfboard DOCSIS 3 modems (unless you also have their phone service) and has also finally decided to allow us to buy our own modems and the ONLY approved modem for customer purchase is the Motorola Surfboard 6141. That particular one is very difficult to find to purchase as everyone wants one, it has been sold out, and has waiting lists. So, tell me again how Motorola is doing so poorly that my ISP ...BIG cable ISP would decide to go back exclusively to Motorola modems? And customers have to go on waiting lists to buy the 6141?
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