BANGALORE: The world's largest computer chipmaker Intel Corporation has pressed the 'Ctrl-Alt-Del' keys on its employees. Around 1,000 managers worldwide have been already laid off and as many as 15,000 staffers are estimated to be in the firing line.
The planned workforce reduction, including 1,000 already announced, is likely to include a significant chunk from the company's 3,000-strong team in India, sources said.
The huge lay-off plan comes amid a sharp 57 per cent plunge in Intel's second-quarter net profit and concerns over market share loss to rival chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices.
The company on Wednesday said that its worldwide sales dropped 13 per cent in the June quarter, while its Asia Pacific sales dropped 14 per cent from the year-ago levels.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini, in an internal memo sent to employees last week, said that the number of Intel managers was being reduced by about 1,000.
While the company has confirmed the elimination of 1,000 managers, its officials declined to comment on the extent of the planned downsizing affecting its India operations.
The company was contemplating further workforce reduction in the near future, while it had no immediate hiring plans in India as well, sources further added.
When asked about the company's hiring plans, Intel's Asia-Pacific spokesperson Mark Miller said from Hong Kong: "It is true that there are very few other job opportunities currently available, except for very few exceptions, but this is across the company and not specific to India."
Otellini had also mentioned in the memo that redeploying the skills of the outgoing managers was not a viable option as the company has "limited internal job opportunities."
The CEO said that "slow and ineffective decision, resulting, in part, from too many management layers" was a key problem that the company found in its efficiency analysis and the decision was aimed at addressing this issue.
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