4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Ailing Qualcomm to undergo big layoff

A thousand could be let go

Qualcomm, which just recently was saved from a foreign takeover, began laying off employees today (April 18), according to media reports. Bloomberg, which appears to have broken the story, says the number could hit 1000.

The company, whose earnings have plummeted, has 33,800 full and part-time employees. A layoff of 1000 would affect 3 percent of the global workforce, according to Business Insider.

Thelayoff.com is a website where employees of thousands of companies can express complaints about activities at their companies. The Qualcomm site today had entries such as this: “I saw around 90+ people get notices today. Very sad. We the people who remain behind don’t know what’s in store for us and are also worried.”

Another: “The company [is] going to get broken up.” (This writer suspects the various parts of Qualcomm will be sold or spun off.)

Another: “Extremely poorly handled."

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Billion-dollar debt booster nabs stem cell spot

Taxpayers in hock for $5.5 billion for institute with long history of interest conflicts
Next Article

A romantic deal makes Cesarina impossible to ignore

Handmade pasta dishes come alive, even packed into to-go containers

Qualcomm, which just recently was saved from a foreign takeover, began laying off employees today (April 18), according to media reports. Bloomberg, which appears to have broken the story, says the number could hit 1000.

The company, whose earnings have plummeted, has 33,800 full and part-time employees. A layoff of 1000 would affect 3 percent of the global workforce, according to Business Insider.

Thelayoff.com is a website where employees of thousands of companies can express complaints about activities at their companies. The Qualcomm site today had entries such as this: “I saw around 90+ people get notices today. Very sad. We the people who remain behind don’t know what’s in store for us and are also worried.”

Another: “The company [is] going to get broken up.” (This writer suspects the various parts of Qualcomm will be sold or spun off.)

Another: “Extremely poorly handled."

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

San Diego County's waterfalls

Next Article

River Sultan’s Chopin dreams

“Crying is the most healing thing you can do in my opinion.”
Comments
34

“Extremely poorly handled" describes so much of what has gone on at the "Q" in recent years. One wonders how many of the laid-off employees are H-1b foreign workers. I'd guess it is exactly none. Even after these staff reductions, we can anticipate Qualcomm continuing to complain/justify its need for ever-greater numbers of H-1b workers on a "shortage" of qualified US citizen applicants. What a pit of hypocritical execs and (former) Jacobs family members!

April 18, 2018

Visduh: Another entry was about a H-1B who was allegedly poorly handled. Yes, Qualcomm has been a major user of H-1Bs. The son of co-founder Irwin Jacobs, formerly CEO, now out, has plans to take the company private. The plans. are not favored by the board. Best, Don Bauder

April 18, 2018

It should be easy to round up 1,000 or more H-1B's and give them the pink slips. No American citizens or legal residents should go before them.

Looks like they are still hiring H-1B's as they lay off Americans:

http://www.myvisajobs.com/H1B-Visa/SearchLCA.aspx?E=Qualcomm&O1=Employer&O2=JobTitle&Y=2017&WC=San%20Diego&WS=California

April 18, 2018

Ponzis: H-1Bs have lower salaries. The older, experienced employees enjoy higher pay, so are the first layoff targets. I am not surprised that Qualcomm is still hiring H-1Bs as it axes more experienced personnel.

There was an electronic retailer whose name I cannot remember. It decided to lay off its longtime sales personnel and use young, inexperienced people. It went bankrupt. Best, Don Bauder

April 18, 2018

Circuit City?

April 18, 2018

dwbat: Yes, I believe it was Circuit City. Best, Don Bauder

April 19, 2018

Shimizu Randall: At this point, the company isn't talking about where the layoffs are. Best, Don Bauder

April 19, 2018

OK, here are some questions. When companies like Qualcomm (and many others) need to cut expenses, why do the worker bees get laid off first? Why not chop the salaries, stock options and bonuses for the top executives instead? They prosper when the company does well, so why shouldn't they have to take much less when profits are down? Let the CEO make $1 a year, until positive changes happen. And pay the board members $25 a meeting until there's a turnaround. I guess I'll never understand capitalism.

April 20, 2018

dwbat: Excellent observations (in the from of questions). Such questions are asked by workers when there is a big layoff. Does anybody wonder why there is so much bitterness among workers? Best, Don Bauder

April 20, 2018

not to worry! Heard the Qualcomm guy talk about this today. We should congratulate Qualcomm for shedding these folks! They are all going to start new businesses, he says! It's a great day!

April 20, 2018

Sure, lucrative opportunities like weed stores, vape shops, hair salons, office-space-sharing, dog walking, solar sales, surfboard repair, and telephone survey company.

April 20, 2018

dwbat: You forgot the most obvious ones: waitresses, waiters, barmaids, bartenders. Best, Don Bauder

April 21, 2018

No, I didn't forget. The comment was about starting new businesses, not looking for service jobs. ;-)

April 21, 2018

dwbat: My apologies. Best, Don Bauder

April 22, 2018

Wabbitsd: I have heard that yarn before. Best, Don Bauder

April 21, 2018

This just in: Of 1500 jobs, 1,231 will be cut in San Diego. Other cuts in San Jose & Sta Clara. No cuts in other parts of the world where most of the 33,800 employees live. Makes sense if they want to save money- these workers probably have higher salaries than the ones in India. They would have to fire 10,000 Indians for a similar savings.

One possible reason for problems at the Q is that Huawei and ZTE (big Chinese smartphone companies) are now persona non grata according to the US government. Suspected of spying, stealing technology, etc. They may have been heavy users of Qualcomm products before being cut off.

April 21, 2018

swell: Another factor: Qualcomm gets about all its revenue from overseas. Best, Don Bauder

April 21, 2018

Typical mismanagement and corporate treachery...You can bet that Q will dump higher salaried Americans.

Didn't Q testify before Congress that they could never find enough skilled workers and that is why they needed unlimited amounts of dirt cheap H1B Non Citizen workers?!

Didn't Qualcom just get a humongous tax amnesty worth billions for its offshore profits?!

I can only imagine how many more layoffs Q would have made if the Broadcom merger had been successful. If that had happened, Q would have become this decade's "General Dynamics" closing SD offices and laying off 10's of thousands of employees.

April 21, 2018

SportsFan0000: You are right. If Broadcom had bought Qualcomm, San Diego would have gone through the aerospace/defense bloodbath of the early 1990s. Best, Don Bauder

April 21, 2018

Don Bauder is sic with his fake users populating comments to his stories. what a shame - He's like that fat guy Donald trump spoke of from NJ. Full of plagiarized notes totally on original - DB is an hustler greedy for a writers blog commission. No Pay! DB. Take a look at what an opinion generates in responses below. [picture]. That's response to a guy DB tried to plagiarized with an occult report recently. Did TG paid DB also? DB is old as the words "Lack of Originality" gets in today's world.

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2018/apr/23/121547/

April 23, 2018

Tamy: I have done a couple of Gildred stories. The most recent one was about a tango instructor in NY City who claims to have had an affair with Gildred's wife. He has a website, and this looks like a post therefrom. The writing looks as disjointed as the writing of this guy. i can't say what is going on in this case since it has been several months since I last wrote about it.

Incidentally, the notion that I have fake readers who are submitting phony blog items so I can increase my commissions is utterly hilarious. Best, Don Bauder

April 23, 2018

Don - she wreaks of alternate universe boredom.

April 23, 2018

That's being nice. I thought there had been a breakout at a mental hospital, as in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

April 23, 2018

shirleyberan: I don't know who Tamy is or if there is such a person, but I am quite sure the author of this item is the guy who claims to be a lover of Gildred's wife. In the last story I did, she was suing him. Best, Don Bauder

April 23, 2018

shirleyberan: Maybe so. Best, Don Bauder

April 24, 2018

dwbat: I remember that scene. Several of the inmates went off in a boat. The patrol came by and asked who they were. They said they were psychiatrists at a convention. The patrolman looked at all of them who, of course, were unshaven, scraggly, and looked insane. The patrolman nodded and said they could go on. Best, Don Bauder

April 23, 2018

No, that's not the "breakout" scene. The scene I was talking about was the ending of the movie. That is when Chief gets the courage to break free from the mental hospital, and he breaks a window and escapes.

April 24, 2018

dwbat: Yes, that was a great scene. He picks up an enormous item -- it may have been a refrigerator -- hurls it through the window, jumps out, and escapes. It was a great movie. Best, Don Bauder

April 24, 2018

Yes, it won 5 Oscars in 1976, and deserved them. The heavy item Chief lifted was a water cooler.

April 29, 2018

Hence the creation of the homeless problem... But the Gildred love triangle story revealed that one would eventually be left out and we didn't know if he would have the resilience to move forward. Trump lesson is, rebound repeat, rebound repeat...

April 24, 2018

shirleyberan: I don't believe we can say at this point that there was a Gildred love triangle. Gildred's wife is suing the tango instructor who on his website and elsewhere says he had an affair with Gildred's wife. She is suing him for defamation. Best, Don Bauder

April 27, 2018

shirleyberan: I don't know what has happened to the Gildred case. I don't know that it can be called a love triangle. She was suing the third man for spreading untrue rumors, etc. Best, Don Bauder

April 24, 2018

Then, Bad Boy Karma.

April 25, 2018

shirleyberan: Maybe. Best, Don Bauder

April 27, 2018

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close