Layoffs

‘Angry Birds’ Layoffs Hint at Danger Facing Big Apps

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Rovio Entertainment, the studio behind the mobile-game hit Angry Birds, has announced that it will lay off 110 workers, or approximately 14 percent of its workforce, as part of a game-studio shutdown. Four years ago, the idea of Rovio cutting workers and consolidating its operations might have come off as a joke. Originally released in 2009, Angry Birds quickly grew from popular mobile game to pop-culture franchise, spawning not only a handful of branded spinoffs (Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry… continue…

Silicon Valley Still Bubbly Despite Big Layoffs

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What’s New This Quarter A quick scan of the Valley finds it as frothy as ever, with constant bulletins about huge mergers and acquisitions drowning out the less-bubbly news of restructurings and downsizings. The dog days of August brought new news that Cisco would lay off 6,000 employees, about 8 percent of the company’s workforce, in order to make itself more agile. In comments to his workforce, CEO John Chambers said: “It’s about investing in our growth and moving fast…… continue…

What HP Splitting in Two Could Mean for You

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Hewlett-Packard is splitting into two companies, one of which will focus on enterprise technology, while the other continues to sell PCs and printers. HP CEO Meg Whitman believes that two smaller companies will prove more innovative and flexible than a lumbering giant composed of many divisions. “We will be in an even better position to compete in the market, support our customers and partners, and deliver maximum value to our shareholders,” she wrote in one of those standard-issue statements that… continue…

Demand for Tech Pros Still High in Seattle

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Seattle needs tech workers. That’s the conclusion reached by King 5, NBC’s Seattle affiliate, which paints a picture of six-figure starting salaries for software engineers, startups fighting over the most proficient tech pros, and job offers sprinkling from the sky like rain. Click here to find tech jobs in Seattle. But is that report accurate? Seattle’s insatiable demand for tech workers is nothing new. In January, startups and well-established tech companies alike reported a desperate need for thousands of tech… continue…

Nadella Popular at Microsoft, Layoffs or Not

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Satya Nadella remains popular at Microsoft, despite his implementing the layoff of 18,000 employees, according to Business Insider. Although the website cited only a “source close to Microsoft,” it noted that Nadella retains an 87 percent employee approval rating on Glassdoor. Most Microsoft employees understand the reasoning behind the layoffs, BI’s source said: The company isn’t interested in building feature phones, and so it let go the people at Nokia working on them. About 12,500 of the people who lost… continue…

Microsoft Layoffs Show Need to Keep Your Resume Polished

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Microsoft plans on eliminating 18,000 jobs over the next year, the biggest round of layoffs in the company’s almost 40-year history. The majority of those cuts will affect Nokia, which Microsoft finished acquiring in April. The layoffs are the first major move by new CEO Satya Nadella, who is trying to reinvent Microsoft as a cloud- and mobile-centric company focused on cross-platform services and applications. Analysts and pundits long predicted that Nadella would cut jobs as part of his broader… continue…

Does Microsoft CEO Memo Hint at Massive Layoffs?

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella released a public memo outlining his company’s future course. Whether this new direction will mean layoffs or massive restructuring is an open question (and, for Microsoft employees, a pressing one); the memo itself is a lengthy mash of buzzwords. “At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world,” the July 10 memo states, in one of many sweeping statements about Microsoft’s coming evolution. “We will reinvent productivity to empower… continue…

Pay Attention to Termination Clauses

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Tip of the Day Though it may seem odd, before you start a new job you should think about what happens if you decide to leave. Most employment agreements contain some kind of language governing terminations and an employee’s rights and obligations in the event they depart on their own. Click here to see networking jobs. Some attorneys say that understanding what constitutes grounds for termination may be the most important thing you do. For example, if the agreement says… continue…

SAP’s Cloud Plan Demands Job Cuts

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SAP plans on slashing jobs, according to a new Bloomberg report. The cuts will take place across multiple divisions, said an SAP spokesperson. An unidentified source with “knowledge of the matter” suggested that the cuts “wouldn’t number in the high thousands,” and that executives had no plans to shut down any lines of business. In fact, given how SAP will continue to hire in other areas as part of its overarching strategy, the company expects to end 2014 with a… continue…

Even If Nike’s FuelBand Is Failing, Wearable Tech Isn’t Dead

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Over the weekend, CNET reported that Nike planned to lay off employees working on its FuelBand, a “smart bracelet” that tracks the wearer’s physical activity. “As early as this fall, Nike planned on releasing another iteration of the FuelBand—an even slimmer version—but cancelled the project,” the publication reported. “And it appears to have shelved all future physical product projects under the Digital Sport helm, the person familiar with the matter added.” Click here for wearable tech-related jobs. A few days… continue…