Earlier this month, sources said that T-Mobile would be laying off employees at its Bellevue headquarters, which had mostly been shielded from the other layoffs it had last year. T-Mobile declined commenting on the rumor for quite some time, but has finally confirmed that it did, indeed, let go of quite a few employees.
According to the original rumor, the carrier would be laying off over 100 individuals in its marketing group, and that others would be on the chopping block as well. This number was fairly spot on, with Seattle Times reporting that 100 people in marketing were let go, in addition to between 200 and 300 individuals from the operations group. The layoffs went all the way up to senior vice presidents.
Said T-Mobile in a statement: "We are making some operational changes to better align our business with our new strategy and position T-Mobile for growth. This affects a small number of employees relative to the overall size of the business, and while we don’t take these actions lightly, these adjustments to how we invest in the business will enable us to better focus our resources as we implement this strategy."
One employee who was let go spoke with the Seattle Times, stating that employees knew the layoffs were underway because HR reserved conference rooms, and those affected were notified to meet with their supervisor. The employee went on to state that the layoffs were handled in an unprofessional manner, with employees being told that they had 30 minutes to hand in their badge and leave.
[via Seattle Times]