An anonymous blog posting by an Intel employee blogger known as “Intel Guy” described in great detail the process that Intel is using to prepare to eliminate IT employees.
The posting forced Intel to agree that it will be laying off some IT employees worldwide in a cost cutting endeavor. Rumors are circulating that the job cut could be as high at 10% of Intel’s IT workforce.
The blog was posted last week and claims that the layoffs are based on a skills assessment process for each employee according to which employees the company can best afford to lose. The blogger also reported that the painstaking skills assessment is meant to provide more objective results that will give Intel a strong legal defense against the workers selected for elimination.
The blogger claimed that within his group most of the technical female employees would be let go, thus eliminating some of the workforce diversity that Intel has boasted that it has.
Intel’s CEO announced in May that its workforce headcount would continue to drop over 2008. Intel already announced that it will lay off about 1,000 employees in one of its New Mexico memory chip plants, and newspapers in Ireland are reporting that Intel plans to eliminate at least 200 workers at one of its flash memory plants in Ireland.
Intel had 92,000 workers at the end of June, which is 12,200 fewer employees than were employed at the same time one year earlier.
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