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Motorola set to cut 500 Chicago jobs in Lenovo restructuring

by Todd Haselton | August 14, 2015August 14, 2015 10:00 am PDT

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Lenovo announced plans earlier this week to cut its workforce by as many as 3,500 people in an effort to streamline its business, increase profits and cut costs. That will also include layoffs at Motorola, which Lenovo acquired from Google in January, 2014. The cuts will primarily occur at Motorola’s Chicago office, and employees will begin to learn if they are losing their jobs starting Friday.

It’s a large hit to Motorola’s workforce and, according to Crain’s, represents 25 percent of Motorola’s employee base in Chicago. “We will maintain a substantial employee base there, as well as our labs and design facilities,” Motorola told the news outlet, noting that the cuts will occur “across all functions, affecting all departments.” Lenovo, however, is probably shedding redundant positions at Motorola, which are otherwise covered by its existing mobile department.

Apparently Chicago’s cuts are just a slice of the layoffs hitting Motorola, however. “Chicago is not as badly impacted as some of our other sites,” Motorola explained to Crains. It’s unclear what this means immediately for consumers, but we suspect there won’t be many outward facing changes.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...