In a continuation of the job cuts from last summer, Google has announced another round of layoffs at Motorola Mobility. The company plans to layoff 1,200 employees in the U.S., China, and India, which represents about 10% of Motorola’s work force. An email sent to employees said the company was optimistic about its upcoming products, but still needed to cut costs as it continues to lose money.
Back in August last year, Motorola laid off 4,000 employees, about 20% of its work force, in a similar attempt to cut costs. Those efforts to stop the company’s spiraling decline apparently didn’t work, as Google once again faces the need to reduce jobs.
Google purchased Motorola last year for $12.5 billion in its biggest purchase to date. The deal was largely motivated by Google’s interest in Motorola’s patents for use in its Android smartphones. While the patents were worth the price, Google has since been looking for ways of making Motorola less of a drain on its finances, such as the sale of the Motorola Home set-top business to the Arris Group last December for $2.35 billion.
“These cuts are a continuation of the reductions we announced last summer,” Motorola said in a released statement. “It’s obviously very hard for the employees concerned, and we are committed to helping them through this difficult transition.”