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Cisco Slashes Canadian Operations

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) has confirmed reports of a hefty Canadian layoff. And it appears that it also may discontinue work on a planned six-building campus for optical product development in Kanata, Ontario.

Yesterday, the Ottawa Citizen newspaper reported that Cisco has laid off roughly 80 percent of the 220 employees of PixStream, a video networking company located in Waterloo, Ontario, which Cisco purchased for about US$369 million in August 2000.

The paper also reported that Cisco laid off about 14 percent of its workers in its Kanata facility -- 41 of 435 full-time employees, a population that had doubled since February 2000.

Cisco confirms the paper's figures. In total, Cisco's laid off about 28 percent of its 1,080-person workforce in Canada as part of its overall restructuring plan, which calls for 8,500 cuts this year from its 44,000-employee roster.

Cisco also appears to be stalling completion of a six-building Ottawa Development Center in Kanata. When originally announced by Cisco in February 2000, this project was designed to cover about 600,000 square feet and house about 2,400 employees. So far, one building is completed. Two other buildings are under construction, Cisco says.

Online records for the Ottawa Construction Association show Cisco has not taken out any building permits since December 2000, when it took out three worth about about $9.3 million in total. Of several leading construction contractors and unions contacted by Light Reading in the Ottawa area, none is presently at work on the project.

Cisco denies any stoppage in plans. "I am aware of no change to the plan to move forward with this project," says Cisco spokesperson Willa Black. But she allows there may be future changes "in line with economic realities."

In Richardson, Texas, Cisco has apparently halted work on a campus planned for 6,000 employees (see Cisco Circles the Wagons in Texas). It is also rumored to have recently cancelled its plans for an office expansion in New York City.

- Mary Jander, Senior Editor, Light Reading http://www.lightreading.com
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Belzebutt 12/4/2012 | 8:30:11 PM
re: Cisco Slashes Canadian Operations Does anyone know who still is hiring in Ottawa? I keep hearing that "small companies" hire, but I don't know any names. I know people who went to Akara, but they actually got hired before this whole mess started.
Petabit 12/4/2012 | 8:30:09 PM
re: Cisco Slashes Canadian Operations "Does anyone know who still is hiring in Ottawa? "

Try talking to TalentLab. They handle the recruiting for a large number of companies in Ottawa. www.talentlab.com
hujifan 12/4/2012 | 8:30:09 PM
re: Cisco Slashes Canadian Operations Does anyone know how it will influence the Cerent product line?
PBC 12/4/2012 | 8:30:06 PM
re: Cisco Slashes Canadian Operations A pretty well kept secret, RTOS vendor:

www.qnx.com

http://www.cisco.com/warp/publ...

PBC


dodo 12/4/2012 | 8:30:06 PM
re: Cisco Slashes Canadian Operations Belzebutt

Try Tropic Networks and EdgeFlow.
On the semiconductor side, looks like Connexant ( hope I got it right)
Belzebutt 12/4/2012 | 8:30:06 PM
re: Cisco Slashes Canadian Operations "Try talking to TalentLab. They handle the recruiting for a large number of companies in Ottawa. www.talentlab.com"

I guess I was just asking because I was wondering what the "hot" places to work are in Ottawa today. Personally, I've been spared so far... anyone here writing from beyond the grave?
Belzebutt 12/4/2012 | 8:30:05 PM
re: Cisco Slashes Canadian Operations What about "Quake"? If you've been to the Corel Centre, you see that name a lot.

If you go the movie theatre you've probably also seen the ad for PMC-Sierra, when I saw that one I though "wow, I want to apply now!" :)
networking_legend 12/4/2012 | 8:30:05 PM
re: Cisco Slashes Canadian Operations close. It is actually spelled "Conexant". But they have been around for a while (I think they are just a spinoff of Rockwell). They must be a public company already.
Milano 12/4/2012 | 8:30:04 PM
re: Cisco Slashes Canadian Operations I'd look at Innovance...best funded venture in Canada, and with no manufacturing to support, they don't burn their cash as fast. With Alan Solheim on board, I'd knock at their door any time.

M.
restonrangers 12/4/2012 | 8:30:04 PM
re: Cisco Slashes Canadian Operations Hi:
I've heard alot about lawsuits being brought against Light Reading. Are any of them citing their censorships of these boards? I think that is the biggest hypocrisy.
I have tried to correct LR's lies against my former employer Cisco, but my postings get deleted. Isn't this illegal?
Does anyone have an update on the lawsuits?
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