Cisco Lays Off 488

Mitch Wagner
News Analysis
Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading
8/16/2019



Cisco plans to lay off 488 employees in California as the company continues a month of rumbles and grumbles that include a disappointing earnings report and halting investment in an emerging cable data networking technology.

Cisco disclosed the layoffs in a filing to the California state Employment Development Department, saying it's cutting 397 people in San Jose, Calif., and an additional 91 in nearby Milpitas.

On the other hand, Cisco is also hiring, with about 1,900 job openings posted, according to a company spokesperson. The company has 74,000 employees worldwide as of the end of fiscal 2018; fiscal 2019 closed July 27, and Cisco will release total employment figures with its 10K.


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Cisco said Wednesday that telcos are a "major point of weakness" in its fourth quarter. Revenues were up annually for the quarter and calendar 2019, but Cisco projected revenues up 02% for the first quarter of calendar 2020, which is beneath analyst estimates. Additionally, Cisco said its business in China is bad and getting worse. The news sent its stock downward.

And earlier this month Cisco said it halted engineering development of Full Duplex DOCSIS, until it gets more clarity on market timing and anticipated adoption by cable operators.

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