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Fujitsu Trims R&D Ranks

Earlier this week rumors began circulating that Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. (FNC), the telecom-equipment unit of Fujitsu Ltd. (KLS: FUJI.KL), had pink-slipped some employees.

Today, the company acknowledged that it had laid off some staff, but the number of jobs eliminated -- nine -- makes this one of the smallest layoffs this year.

All of the employees asked to leave were research and development engineers. The job cut brings FNC's ranks in North Texas to about 2,270. The company has 3,600 employees across the U.S., and its parent employed a total of around 188,000 worldwide in 2000.

"We're not immune to what's going on in the economy," says John Stewart, a company spokesman. "Our customers are the same as everyone else's."

Other cost-cutting measures across FNC include postponing some marketing programs and other “obvious discretionary expenses,” such as trade show parties, Stewart says.

Speaking of trade shows, FNC plans to announce two new customers at Supercomm 2001. One of the contracts is “in the $600 million range” with an Australian carrier, Stewart says. Also at the trade show, Fujitsu will be demonstrating its OC192 (10 Gbit/s) Sonet add/drop multiplexer and a 44-channel tunable laser that it's incorporated into its long-haul transport systems, an improvement over the just-announced 22-channel laser (see Fujitsu Announces Tunable Laser).

By and large, Fujitsu hasn’t cut its ranks nearly as much as its larger competitors. Late last year, it did cut between 400 and 500 jobs from its 2,600-employee Amdahl unit. In March, as part of a restructuring of its computer and semiconductor groups, Fujitsu used its Amdahl assets to form a software group focused on enterprise storage.

- Phil Harvey, Senior Editor, Light Reading
http://www.lightreading.com For more information on Supercomm 2001, please visit the Light Reading Supercomm 2001 Preview Site.

jhsu 12/4/2012 | 8:21:35 PM
re: Fujitsu Trims R&D Ranks < It's been a year since I left F to join a startup down the road and it's been the best decision. There is a difference between doing your job everyday, as in F, and having passion for your work, as I have today. Perhaps people ought to do themselves a favor and lay themselves off for a new opportunity. >

What startup are you working for now? Are there optical systems engineering positions available?

Jason Hsu
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freeatlast 12/4/2012 | 8:22:22 PM
re: Fujitsu Trims R&D Ranks I agree with Loosemoose. It's been a year since I left F to join a startup down the road and it's been the best decision. There is a difference between doing your job everyday, as in F, and having passion for your work, as I have today. Perhaps people ought to do themselves a favor and lay themselves off for a new opportunity.

Freeatlast
Milano 12/4/2012 | 8:22:23 PM
re: Fujitsu Trims R&D Ranks Join the club....Nortel's campus in Montreal has one full building, one that will be sold/leased to Air Canada and a third one that will stay in the project phase for awhile I guess...

There are rumours of Nortel's layoffs in their metro division....anybody heard about it?

Milano
big_cecil 12/4/2012 | 8:22:26 PM
re: Fujitsu Trims R&D Ranks Fujitsu management was much better prepared for
the market downturn than others like the so called
management genius John Chambers. While Chambers
was pounding the table in December claiming
60% growth, Fujitsu management knew better. You
dont need to look any further than the Cisco
campus in Richardson to see how blind Chambers
was ! They have one building occupied, 2 nearly
complete, 1 half done and 1 foundation - and
no bodies to put in them. Maybe Cisco will use
it as a warehouse for stockpiling all their
equipment that they are buying back (for pennies
on the dollar) at dot bomb auctions.
loosemoose 12/4/2012 | 8:22:29 PM
re: Fujitsu Trims R&D Ranks Fujitsu is a bit better in managing bringing people on. They are much more conservative about staffing, and keeps their ranks lean and mean.

They may lay off 9, but many more may have already left for greener fields. With the lack of incentives like stock, it's harder to attract (or retain) talent than another data/transport company who is literally right down the street.

LM
Belzebutt 12/4/2012 | 8:22:29 PM
re: Fujitsu Trims R&D Ranks Maybe it's the Japanese mentality where people stay at one company for life. Layoffs are not an option.
Techeyes 12/4/2012 | 8:22:30 PM
re: Fujitsu Trims R&D Ranks That is a pretty insignificant number of layoffs compared to Nortel,Cisco,Lucent,and Alcatel's Thousands of layoffs. Perhaps Fujitsu might be the most stable of vendors. How can they be so lean and mean with such high revenues and market share? The economic conditions apparently have had minimal effect during these sparse times. What is Fujitsu doing that the others aren't?
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