Monday, August 13, 2012

Google Cuts Staff at Motorola Mobility

Google will cut headcount at Motorola Mobility, its newly acquired subsidiary, by approximately 4,000 out of a total of about 20,000 employees. Two-thirds of the job cuts will occur outside of the U.S. The layoffs are expected to hit about 700 employees in the Chicago area.

In addition, Motorola Mobility plans to close or consolidate about one-third of its 90 facilities, as well as simplify its mobile product portfolio-shifting the emphasis away from feature phones.

  • In July 2012, Motorola Mobility will relocate its headquarters in Libertyville, Illinois to downtown Chicago's Merchandise Mart in summer 2013. Motorola Mobility will become the landmark building's largest tenant and will occupy nearly 600,000 square feet on the top four floors and the rooftop.