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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

Christopher Beck 7/1/2013 | 4:15:47 PM
re: Arris Cuts 500 Staff You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement."
- Steve Prefontaine

"Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it."
-Oprah Winfrey

As a loyal runner, I relate to these two quotes at a deep level.

Recently I have heard from many of you who I spoke to face to face something along the lines of:

GÇ£Sorry to hear you got caught up in the changes. ItGÇÖs been a pleasure working with you and I wish you the best of luck.GÇ¥

I will say the second part back to you.

ItGÇÖs been a pleasure working with you and I wish you the best of luck!

The changes are the challenge, and those are what life is made of. You all will have your own set of challenges to work out and wonder about. Keep giving yourself reasons to keep onGǪ Find your self-satisfaction and your sense of achievement!

I will keep running, and I will find another group of people, who are.. hopefully, as good as all of you have been.

The actions I expect to take are to make a job out of finding another place where I can fit in like I did here with you.
It is possible that where I go next will have something to do with something you say or do. So please be sure to contact me when you need something that I can help you with.

[email protected]
1070 Whitehawk Trail
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Cell 678 234 6781

Please keep this in your reference file. Thank you.

Christopher Beck

Sr. Manager Operations
ARRIS Digital Video Systems
3741 Lakefield Dr, Suwanee, GA 30024
678 473 8849 desk
678 234 6781 cell
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