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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."

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Visduh April 18, 2018 @ 5:25 p.m.

“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!


Don Bauder April 18, 2018 @ 5:55 p.m.

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


Ponzi April 18, 2018 @ 6:13 p.m.

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:



Don Bauder April 18, 2018 @ 8:57 p.m.

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


Don Bauder April 19, 2018 @ 8:02 a.m.

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


Don Bauder April 19, 2018 @ 8:03 a.m.

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


dwbat April 20, 2018 @ 9:05 a.m.

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.


Don Bauder April 20, 2018 @ 10:18 a.m.

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


Wabbitsd April 20, 2018 @ 2:40 p.m.

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!


dwbat April 20, 2018 @ 4:48 p.m.

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


Don Bauder April 21, 2018 @ 8:28 a.m.

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


dwbat April 21, 2018 @ 9:36 a.m.

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


Don Bauder April 21, 2018 @ 8:26 a.m.

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


swell April 21, 2018 @ 7:25 a.m.

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.


Don Bauder April 21, 2018 @ 8:30 a.m.

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


SportsFan0000 April 21, 2018 @ 11:38 a.m.

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.


Don Bauder April 21, 2018 @ 4:54 p.m.

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


Tamy April 23, 2018 @ 6:37 a.m.

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.


Don Bauder April 23, 2018 @ 7:53 p.m.

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


shirleyberan April 23, 2018 @ 10:46 a.m.

Don - she wreaks of alternate universe boredom.


dwbat April 23, 2018 @ 3:36 p.m.

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


Don Bauder April 23, 2018 @ 7:56 p.m.

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


Don Bauder April 24, 2018 @ 7:11 p.m.

shirleyberan: Maybe so. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder April 23, 2018 @ 8:01 p.m.

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


dwbat April 24, 2018 @ 8:48 a.m.

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.


Don Bauder April 24, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.

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


dwbat April 29, 2018 @ 1:35 p.m.

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


shirleyberan April 24, 2018 @ 10:23 a.m.

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...


Don Bauder April 27, 2018 @ 2:18 p.m.

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


Don Bauder April 24, 2018 @ 7:33 p.m.

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


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