Arris Cuts 500 Staff
Arris Group Inc. has laid off about 500 staff this week as part of its drive to cut operating costs, the company confirmed to Light Reading Friday.
The cuts, which account for about 7 percent of the vendor's total headcount, have hit the company's "global workforce at about 25 facilities," and have affected former Motorola Home and Arris staff alike, according to Arris spokeswoman Jeanne Russo.
The cuts are not unexpected. Arris closed its acquisition of the Motorola Home business in April, and weeks later Arris Chairman and CEO Bob Stanzione announced his intention to cut up to US$125 million in operating costs this year. (See Arris Chief Wields OpEx Axe.)
In an emailed statement, Arris noted:
- Our goal from Day One has been to bring the new ARRIS together with fully realized synergies as quickly and thoughtfully as possible. To that end, we are taking steps to drive organizational efficiencies and align our business teams in core locations to maximize collaboration, cost efficiencies and proximity to our customers.
We understand how hard these changes will be for the employees concerned. ARRIS is committed to helping them through this difficult transition and will be providing severance packages, as well as outplacement services.
It's uncertain whether further job cuts will be implemented in the future, though it's understood that this week's cuts, which leave Arris with 6,500 staff, are all that are planned as part of the current cost-cutting program.
— Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading