Last week we reported about a rumor circulating regarding Intel’s plan to restructure its organization, a process featuring mass layoffs–today it’s been quantified. The chip maker released a statement saying:
Intel today announced plans for restructuring following an analysis of the company’s structure and efficiency. As a result of the restructuring, the company expects to generate savings in costs and operating expenses of approximately $2 billion in 2007. In 2008 the company expects savings from this restructuring to grow to approximately $3 billion annually.
The savings are a combination of non-workforce related steps and a significant reduction in Intel’s workforce. The company’s employee population will decline to approximately 95,000 by the end of this year, resulting from workforce reductions, attrition and previously announced actions. The workforce will decline to approximately 92,000 by the middle of 2007 – 10,500 fewer than the company’s employee population at the end of the second quarter of 2006. In addition to the savings from the workforce reduction, the company expects savings in merchandising expenses, capital and materials.
I wonder if these layoffs will actually have the effect the company predicts, or if it’ll be morale destroyer. Certainly, until the middle of 2007, many employees will be paranoid that their jobs are in jeopardy.