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Motorola's Chicago Office to Lose 500 Jobs

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Aug 14, 2015, 7:59 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola has revealed the depth of job cuts being made at its Chicago headquarters and they run quite deep. The firm will eliminate 500 positions, or about 25% of its staff, as its parent firm, Lenovo, restructures amidst weak sales. Motorola said the job cuts are "across all functions, affecting all departments." A spokesperson said, however, that Motorola "will maintain a substantial employee base there, as well as our labs and design facilities." Motorola said other job sites will see headcount reductions as well, but it did not provide specific details. Lenovo announced plans to trim its workforce by 3,500, or about 10%. Lenovo is focusing cuts on white collar jobs, and not those of its manufacturing facilities. Lenovo saw PC shipments drop about 9% in its most recent quarter, while smartphone shipments from Motorola dropped 31%. Lenovo said it will continue to rely on Motorola "to design, develop and manufacture smartphone products."

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Aug 15, 2015, 1:19 PM

Motorola job cuts

The economy......it is a booming! Maybe these laid off folks can go get one of Obama's "shovel ready jobs" that he promised in his first term. Oh wait, that's right, there were no shovel ready jobs! It was all campaign lie. A joke on us.

Maybe if Motorola would stop trying to copy Apple they might get ahead. Stopping the non-removable batteries would be a good start. Another good change would be allowing SD memory cards once again to be used. People that buy Apple do so for a reason and people that buy Android do so because they don't like Apple. Why does Motorola make an Apple clone? Android fans don't want to buy an Apple clone.
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