Lenovo lets 30 go from RTP HQ

Posted February 24, 2010

Lenovo's HQ in Morrisville

Thirty workers at Lenovo’s world headquarters were told Tuesday that their jobs are being eliminated.

The layoffs represent a 2 percent across-the-board manpower reduction by the world’s No. 4 PC maker.

Ray Gorman, a spokesperson for Lenovo, said the personnel cuts were intended to “drive efficiencies and lower costs.” Gorman would not cite specifics on how many jobs were cut where but also said the 2 percent figure did apply to the three-building Morrisville campus.

Lenovo has about 1,600 workers based in Morrisville.

Gorman said no other cuts are being made outside of the personnel reduction.

Just a year ago, Lenovo went through a major reorganization, including a change in chief executive officer and chairman roles.

“The major point this time is that this is not a large-scale reorganization,” Gorman said. “Some employees in specific departments and locations, including Morrisville, were told that their jobs were being eliminated.

“These decisions are never easy,” he added, “but they help position us to capitalize on opportunities moving forward.

“We’ve had three great quarters in a row and we’ve made a lot of successful product launches over the past five months,” Gorman said. “We have to be in a position to take advantage of opportunities for growth moving forward.”

Lenovo recently returned to profitability and has been rolling out new products almost weekly, including several that were disclosed at the recent Consumer Electronics Show.


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  • gcmann Feb 24, 2010

    " actially these jobs are being sent south not to China, funny though that the jobs in Mexico are in fact being sent to china, how do I know? My wife is one of the 30 "

    Sorry to hear of your wife's job loss, especially in this economic environment.

  • kiediss Feb 24, 2010

    oh getting ready for the next round of earnings season I see. You can squish head count and staffing costs all you like Lenovo... you're still 4th in AP and sales are in the toilet. When will someone wake up to see that letting go of your best talent and shipping the jobs to China and Latin America doesn't add up in the long run.

  • dlb800 Feb 24, 2010

    Hey smarterthanyou,

    Think Barney Frank and Chris Dodd. What did Barney say about Freddy and Fannie right before they imploded? What were they saying up until the implosion?

    Perfect example.

  • ncwebguy Feb 24, 2010

    The United states is trillions of dollars in debt. We can not pay down that debt without having a yearly budget surplus.

  • TheAdmiral Feb 24, 2010

    I guess WRAL missed that IBM was laying off another 200 people in RTP this month.

  • maydaymanny Feb 24, 2010

    Don't worry Obama is "creating" jobs to save you. You may not be able to work in the technology industry or anything you have skills in, but I am sure he will work something out for you.

  • mrschizzy Feb 24, 2010

    Wild and Crazy Guy - News flash...the government should NEVER have a surplus! The money they get is OUR MONEY. If they have some left over after balancing their budget, it needs to come back to US - the taxpayers. Government should not be in the business of making money off of the taxpayers, otherwise they would be a corporation instead!

  • timothycapwell Feb 24, 2010

    Ya can't spell "lenovo" withouth "no love". All H1B visas should be revoked immediately, so those jobs can go to Americans.

  • oyid Feb 24, 2010

    Stop shopping.

  • LambeauSouth Feb 24, 2010

    Jobs eliminated my backside. These jobs are simply being sent offshore to communist china. Lenovo has been doing this regularly since it purchased the PC division from IBM

    actially these jobs are being sent south not to China, funny though that the jobs in Mexico are in fact being sent to china, how do I know? My wife is one of the 30