HTC America layoffs put 20 percent of its work force out of a job
HTC kicked off the weekend with an announcement that 20 percent of its US workforce has been let go. Unfortunately, it looks like 30 HTC employees and contractors are now out of a job. While the announcement that HTC is cutting back its US workforce is not a pleasant one, it’s not surprising as the company is expecting to post its first full quarter loss at the end of Q3. Sales of HTC smartphones have been on a decline for nearly two years even though the flagship HTC One has been praised by tech publications around the world.
President of HTC Americas, Jason Mackenzie announced the layoffs, emphasizing support for those leaving the company and HTC’s commitment to deliver more devices like the HTC One. “part of a broader plan to simplify our organization, sharpen our teams focus, improve our speed in decision-making, and drive greater empowerment through our team, while reducing our overall cost structure.”
“Today’s reduction in force is a decisive action by HTC Corp (US) to streamline and optimize our organization and improve efficiencies after several years of aggressive growth. Realigning its human resources against key strategic initiatives will help HTC more effectively advance into a new stage of growth and innovation. This is a hard decision that has direct impact on people who have contributed to the growth HTC has experienced the past several years. However, to achieve our long-term goals as a business and return maximum value to our shareholders, this is a necessary step to drive ongoing innovation, ensure our ability to create strong products like the HTC One, and forge strong customer relationships that solidify our future. HTC is proud of its employees and has a track record of hiring the best and brightest; we continue to hire in strategic areas and encourage impacted employees to apply for open positions that are a fit for their skills.”
- Jason Mackenzie, President of HTC Americas
Source: The Verge