Motorola’s Chicago Office Cuts 500 Jobs

Posted by at 10:37 am on August 14, 2015

Motorola LogoMotorola 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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