For the last few days, We’ve been witnessing some rumours about an alleged layoff inside the leading smartphone manufacturer Motorola Mobility. Now, the company has officially confirmed the layoffs. So, Motorola has laid off around 50% of their employees in Chicago. However, the company is claiming that this layoff didn’t affect the company’s workforce in Chicago in anyways. But it is quite unbelievable as they just laid off half of their employees in the country and claiming there are no big impacts in the operations. Also, some unconfirmed news confirms that there have been serious impacts on the workforce.
In a statement to Android AUthority, Motorola said:
In late 2017, Lenovo announced a worldwide resource action that would occur over the next several quarters, and impacting less than two percent of its global workforce. This week’s employment reductions are a continuation of that process. We are reducing our Motorola operations in Chicago however this did not impact half of our workforce there and our Moto Z family will continue.
A few days ago, a self-claimed Motorola ex-employee tweeted this:
Motorola Mobility (Lenovo) just tapped 50% of their Chicago workforce on the shoulder to let them know they are being laid off. Their expected last day of work is April 6, 2018. Sad… and to think this was my dream job getting out of college.
Since this, the rumours about the layoff has started brewing, and finally, the company responded to this news. Even though the company is claiming that it made no impacts on the overall workforce in the country, Liangchen Chen crowdfunded over $160,000 to build a Moto Mod keyboard. However, in the comments section of the campaign, Mr Chen implies that he has been made aware of the layoffs due to his connection with Motorola’s Moto Mod team:
So this proves that the layoff has seriously affected the operations of Motorola in the country. We have approached Motorola to get an official comment on this. We will update this article once we get through that.