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VMware plans to cut over 200 jobs in Palo Alto

Layoffs include 10 executives in 'internet of things', edge computing

Cloud infrastructure company VMware announced that it will cut 211 jobs at its Palo Alto headquarters, according to a document filed with the California Employment Development Department on Thursday, Jan. 30.

The layoffs reportedly are part of the company's "regular workforce rebalancing," VMware company spokesman Michael Thacker told the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The cuts include 10 executives and employees in its internet of things and edge computing divisions are among the 155 layoffs spanning different departments at its Palo Alto headquarters, plus another 56 remote workers who report to the Palo Alto office, according to the Business Journal.

Incorporated in 1998, VMware is a subsidiary of Dell Technologies Inc. It has approximately 22,900 full-time employees spread across offices in 21 countries around the world, according to the company's website.

The Palo Alto layoffs are expected to go into effect on April 1 or during the 14-day period beginning on that date, according to the notice filed with the state EDD.

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VMware plans to cut over 200 jobs in Palo Alto

Layoffs include 10 executives in 'internet of things', edge computing

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Feb 14, 2020, 4:23 pm

Cloud infrastructure company VMware announced that it will cut 211 jobs at its Palo Alto headquarters, according to a document filed with the California Employment Development Department on Thursday, Jan. 30.

The layoffs reportedly are part of the company's "regular workforce rebalancing," VMware company spokesman Michael Thacker told the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The cuts include 10 executives and employees in its internet of things and edge computing divisions are among the 155 layoffs spanning different departments at its Palo Alto headquarters, plus another 56 remote workers who report to the Palo Alto office, according to the Business Journal.

Incorporated in 1998, VMware is a subsidiary of Dell Technologies Inc. It has approximately 22,900 full-time employees spread across offices in 21 countries around the world, according to the company's website.

The Palo Alto layoffs are expected to go into effect on April 1 or during the 14-day period beginning on that date, according to the notice filed with the state EDD.

Comments

Independent
Esther Clark Park
on Feb 15, 2020 at 2:39 pm
Independent, Esther Clark Park
on Feb 15, 2020 at 2:39 pm
9 people like this

It's hard to create 200 jobs.

But the city of Palo Alto seeks to tax employers for each employee, without specifying what for, just so it can not have to face a higher threshold to pass the tax for unspecified purposes, even when its prior two years financials report a $75 million and a $59 million budget surplus.

What? Oh, and the city council continues to refuse to appoint a city auditor to watch over our tax dollars.


Family Friendly
Old Palo Alto
on Feb 15, 2020 at 3:22 pm
Family Friendly, Old Palo Alto
on Feb 15, 2020 at 3:22 pm
13 people like this

@Infependent:

How many of those laid off employees live in Palo Alto? Almost zero.

How many will remain unemployed for three months in Silicon Valley in this economy? Almost zero.


Independent
Esther Clark Park
on Feb 15, 2020 at 4:29 pm
Independent, Esther Clark Park
on Feb 15, 2020 at 4:29 pm
5 people like this

@family friendly, yes, true, but that wasn't my point. My point was it's hard to create jobs and our city shouldn't be taxing businesses for creating jobs.


Family Friendly
Old Palo Alto
on Feb 15, 2020 at 4:49 pm
Family Friendly, Old Palo Alto
on Feb 15, 2020 at 4:49 pm
9 people like this

@Independent:

There are more job openings in Silicon Valley than there are unemployed people. My colleagues have recently hiring remotely at satellite offices of my company for the very first time, because it's impossible to find qualified candidates in the Valley who are still on the market.

Part of the reason it's impossible to find qualified candidates is that people would rather have a Silicon Valley job but live in Boulder or Austin if they can. This region has gone from the Valley of Heart's Delight to Los Angeles North in last twenty years.


Neighbor
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 15, 2020 at 5:13 pm
Neighbor, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 15, 2020 at 5:13 pm
6 people like this

Actually, we’re constantly lectured by Governor Newsom and his glib politician associates that we need to be taxed more (!) to hand more $, services to those residing in vans, in tents, or on the street as if there had been mass layoffs (in fact, guys often move here from afar to receive handouts).
By contrast, in this re-structuring,
I predict NONE of these laid- off folks from VMWare will be demanding handouts or residing on the streets. That said, I am sorry for those being laid off.


Merc rising on bust?
Green Acres
on Feb 15, 2020 at 5:20 pm
Merc rising on bust?, Green Acres
on Feb 15, 2020 at 5:20 pm
2 people like this

The Merc just ran a list of layoffs this month:

"SAN JOSE — At least eight Bay Area tech companies have alerted the state government of upcoming job cuts that that altogether top 1,000 positions, official documents show.

The tech job cuts are at company locations in Palo Alto, Redwood City, Santa Clara, Livermore, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, and San Francisco, according to filings with the state’s Employment Development Department."


Eshoo Doesn't Know What Cookies Are
Evergreen Park
on Feb 15, 2020 at 5:55 pm
Eshoo Doesn't Know What Cookies Are, Evergreen Park
on Feb 15, 2020 at 5:55 pm
5 people like this

This is what we also call workforce rebalancing.

There are far TOO MANY jobs in Palo Alto and not enough housing. We should be celebrating the decrease in traffic until we figure out where all these people are actually going to live. But we don't actually want that. We want all the benefits of corporate office parks without any of the responsibility.


Family Friendly
Old Palo Alto
on Feb 15, 2020 at 6:06 pm
Family Friendly, Old Palo Alto
on Feb 15, 2020 at 6:06 pm
15 people like this

1,100 layoffs across Silicon Valley and more than 14,100 jobs added. That’s a net gain of 13,000 jobs!!

We do NOT need more jobs. We need to rebalance the population density so our little town doesn’t continue transforming into a highly paid but miserable and unlivable sweatshop for corporations.


Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2020 at 3:12 pm
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2020 at 3:12 pm
10 people like this

Posted by Family Friendly, a resident of Old Palo Alto

>> 1,100 layoffs across Silicon Valley and more than 14,100 jobs added. That’s a net gain of 13,000 jobs!!

Not to mention that the layoff/rehire process "somehow" results in more 50+ people no longer in the workforce while companies have plenty of slots open for 20-30-somethings, which they can only fill through H1B or whatever. A lot of the job churn is just pushing older employees out the door. I've seen this many times.


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