Palo Alto-based VMware to cut more than 200 jobs

Job cuts include technical staff, high-level directors and senior managers across multiple sectors

Palo Alto-based cloud infrastructure company VMware announced that it will cut 219 jobs in Palo Alto, according to a document it filed with the California Employment Development Department (EDD) on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

The losses are part of a strategy to axe 800 jobs from its workforce, according to its fourth quarter and full-year 2015 reports. Palo Alto will lose 170 jobs at the company's headquarters, with another 49 cuts of employees assigned to remote locations who report to the Palo Alto headquarters.

The layoffs are expected on March 28 or during the 14-day period beginning on that date, according to the notice filed with the state EDD. Other layoffs will occur overseas and in Colorado, according to the Denver Post.

Computer company Dell is making a $67 billion bid to purchase storage data company EMC, which owns an 80 percent stake in VMware, according to TechCrunch, and the cuts are seen as the first sweep of housekeeping in preparation for that possible merger, according to business-media reports.

The layoffs represent about 4.4 to 5 percent of the company's workforce worldwide, according to and other business news organizations. Affected employees include employees from VMware's Fusion, vCloud Air and Workstation groups, according to

In Palo Alto, the cuts are coming across all sectors. Job cuts include technical staff, high-level directors and senior managers across multiple sectors, including cuts in finance, research and development, user experience, IT, quality engineering and marketing, according to the company's state EDD filing.

Jonathan Chadwick, chief financial officer and executive vice president, will also leave VMWare. He will be replaced by Zane Row, current chief financial officer at EMC, according VMware's financial report.

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Posted by Concerned Citizen
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 28, 2016 at 6:40 pm

Keep the cuts going. VMware would do Silicon Valley a favor, by dropping the entire Bangalore team, and stop shipping software jobs overseas. I am especially happy to here about the so-called "high-level directors and senior managers" ... Time for a diet!

In addition, Palantir should start reviewing the VMware campus, and free up the Palo Alto downtown for upcoming startups.

Change is good.

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Posted by Vivek
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 19, 2016 at 10:46 am

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Posted by Marc
a resident of Midtown
on May 19, 2016 at 12:39 pm

@Concerned Citizen and Vivek

How are new start-ups going to move into downtown Palo Alto when the mayor has just stated that "software" is not an acceptable business for downtown? What start-ups that do not involve writing software do you think are going to move to Palo Alto?


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