Lenovo Lays Off 1,100 Moto Employees


As a part of streamlining its product portfolio and its “ongoing strategic integration” between Lenovo and Motorola, the former announced a massive layoff that will see around a 1,100 people lose their jobs. 

Lenovo says that this layoff will impact less than 2% of the approximately 55,000 employees it has globally. The layoff is going to primarily affect people working in Motorola’s headquarter in Chicago. Since acquiring Motorola, Lenovo has already laid off almost 700 employees from Motorola. With the latest layoffs, the number will now sit around the 1,700 mark.

Lenovo today announced a resource action impacting less than two percent of its approximately 55,000 employees globally. The majority of the positions being eliminated are part of the ongoing strategic integration between Lenovo and its Motorola smartphone business as the company further aligns its organization and streamlines its product portfolio to best compete in the global smartphone market.

Despite these layoffs, Lenovo will continue to maintain Motorola’s headquarter in Chicago.

Lenovo acquired Motorola almost two years ago from Google. While Lenovo’s smartphone business was flourishing at one point of time, it has now been overtaken by other Chinese OEMs like Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo. Motorola itself has also not been doing particularly well. While the Moto Z is an impressive smartphone especially with its nice modular design, the price of Moto Mods is too high for consumers invest in them.

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  • RF

    Lenovo has ruined both the IBM Thinkpad brand and the Motorola brand. I see lots of complaints on social media about Lenovo’s Android phones acting strangely.

    Their Yoga PCs are a complete disgrace. IBM never would have locked Linux out of their Thinkpad lineup the way that Lenovo conspired with Microsoft to do with their Yoga laptops (probably more later). Lenovo has developed a reputation for themselves as the company of Superfish and the BIOS that reinstalled crapware over and over.

    Their stock is down 2/3rds from last year. You’d have about 35 cents left for every dollar you invested in it. People are onto them. Microsoft has dug into Lenovo like a predatory wasp taking over an ant and forcing it back to the nest to lay its eggs. I’m not surprised about what is going on with Motorola at all.

    Lenovo’s phone shipments have been in rapid decline. They’ve been losing money. Google took them over hoping to get some patents in order to defend themselves from patent aggression by companies like Microsoft and Apple.

    Microsoft has been going around threatening Android OEMs and saying that it has patents that describe what Android does, including the kernel Linux, and they have been using that to extract money or to get OEMs like Samsung to include useless Microsoft bloatware in order to avoid a lawsuit.