This morning, Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey announced he’s laying off 336 employees, but would do so “with the utmost respect for each and every person.” Also this morning, Twitter engineer Bart Teeuwisse woke up, checked his phone, and learned that he’d been laid off through iOS notifications.
Yesterday, the game development studio Daybreak went through massive layoffs, culling a large number of jobs in order to stay "profitable." That's just business as usual in the video game industry, where it seems like there's a new round of layoffs every single week.
Here are five more stories of people involved in the painful job cuts that happen in the games business all the time. Four from people who were fired. One from someone who did the firing. We urge you to read their accounts.
On a May morning in Rhode Island two years ago, a reporter for the Providence Journal stood outside the doors of 38 Studios, the video game company formed by baseball player Curt Schilling.
Yesterday, trendy online furniture and bow tie warehouse Fab canned a full fifth of its company. Here's the (leaked) email sent to everyone who wasn't fired, detailing what the company will do the day after a bloodletting:
Ouch. BlackBerry announced a quarterly net operating loss of nearly $1 billion and plans to cut 4,500 jobs on Friday afternoon, shortly after trading was halted. By 2015, the company plans to cut operating expenditures by 50 percent.
AOL Music lasted fifteen years before it was destroyed late last month without warning or much of a funeral. After talking with a survivor (of sorts) from the wreckage, you have to wonder how anyone could last longer than fifteen minutes.
A tipster who works for Best Buy has told us that the company on Tuesday began implementing a "restructuring plan," which is PR-speak for massive layoffs and the reason your Geek Squad appointment has been indefinitely delayed.
HP's quarterly earnings may have outperformed expectations, but it's not good enough: the Silicon Valley company confirmed rumors that it would cut lots of jobs. 27,000 jobs to be precise. That's 8-percent of its workforce.
HP handed out pink slips to employees in its webOS Global Business Unit on Monday. The computer company wouldn't say how many workers it was letting go, but rumors suggest over 500 people are now unemployed. [AllThingsD]
What do you do after you pay $1.2 billion for a company? You gut 'em. Or that's what HP is doing to Palm. AllThingsD is reporting that HP is cutting "former Palm staffers from its ranks". It's proving, what everyone sort of thought already, that HP is buying Palm more for its IP and technology than for its talent.
The 1,200 cut today follows up their 1,400 count layoff in January, which were its first ever. This makes 2,600 total out of the 5,000 they announced would be cut, back in January. Maybe it can use some of that $11 million in stimulus money to build a bridge so the poor people who got laid off can live under it. […
Apple's financials looked pretty spectacular this quarter, with a total profit in excess of $1.2 billion despite the gruesome economy. They also exceeded expectations for iPod and iPhone sales, laptop sales, and layoffs. Wait, what?
Tomorrow might not be the best day to go to Best Buy, as two independent sources (one of which we've used in the past) have warned us of extensive store-level layoffs. UPDATE
IBM has begun notifying employees that layoffs or "resource actions" are coming. All in all, some 5000 employees, mostly from the Global Business Services division will be affected. [Digital Daily]
Valleywag's tipsters tell them that there could be slashes at Apple today, specifically in the sales departments. [Valleywag]
In addition to cutting 15,000 jobs, Panasonic's all but ordering another 10,000 employees who didn't get axed to buy Panasonic electronics.