HP reported to be cutting up to 25,000 jobs

Despite recent growth in the PC industry, which saw HP back on top as the world's number-1 PC maker, HP is keenly aware of the great challenges it faces in today's global marketplace. Today, Bloomberg reports via unnamed sources that HP is considering a plan that could result in layoffs of up to 25,000 of its current employees. That amount of job cuts would represent eight percent of HP's total worldwide workforce of 324,600.

The report claims that a large amount of the job cuts at HP could come from its enterprise services division. The story says that between 10,000 and 15,000 employees from that division could be laid off, adding that several thousand HP workers will be offered early retirement packages. So far HP has not confirmed or denied this report.

The company is still trying to recover after a crappy 2011, when it saw its HP TouchPad tablet device, powered by webOS, bomb in sales. HP stopped making the tablets about a month after they were launched and soon afterward the company's CEO Leo Apotheker resigned. Former eBay head Meg Whitman was brought in as HP's new CEO and President.

HP will likely focus on developing products running on Windows 8 to reinvigorate its sales performance. The company has already announced plans to make tablets based on Windows 8. We posted up a rough render of such a Windows 8 tablet a few weeks ago.

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Until they publicly declare that they will support peripheral drivers for at least two or three iterations of Microsoft's of Apple's Operating System, I'll never buy another HP product again. I'm sure thousands of others have been badly "burned" when XP products did not have driver support in Windows-7, and they had to discard perfectly good hardware. Not nice HP!

cutting folks from enterprise services isn't going to improve the quality of the hardware. If services is profitable, then all you can really cut from there is people that aren't billable. Cutting people that are currently making you more than they cost to employ is um..oh right, stupid.

There might be some overlap since they combined the printer and pc groups, but even then that would probably be a lot less people than the rumored number.

Hopefully they also focus on design and reliability, because until they do, no one in my family will be touching an HP product.

pickypg said,
Hopefully they also focus on design and reliability, because until they do, no one in my family will be touching an HP product.

They can't even make a headset right... had one of thier "premium" headsets... stopped working after 8 months.... and then the thing actually started to fall apart after that...

I got Sony headphones that are 6 years old that still work the same as when I bought em (MDR-V150)


Also those HPs I had to max out the volume to just be able to hear anything...

remixedcat said,

They can't even make a headset right... had one of thier "premium" headsets... stopped working after 8 months.... and then the thing actually started to fall apart after that...

I got Sony headphones that are 6 years old that still work the same as when I bought em (MDR-V150)


Also those HPs I had to max out the volume to just be able to hear anything...

Even when one writes to the CEO, as in Hurd and his successors, you get, in essence "to bad, so sad."