back to article NetApp trims workforce by about six per cent, SolidFire seemingly not an eternal flame

Perennial cloud-contender NetApp has pruned its workforce on the eve of its quarterly results. “NetApp is realigning resources and investments to best capture these opportunities and position the company for long-term success,” the enterprise IT supplier told The Register in a statement. “We continue to sharpen our focus on …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Gabe!

    5.5% sounds like a regular churn at big companies. Am I wrong?

    1. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

      SolidFire

      Ordinarily, five per cent is about SOP for large companies though in this case, it's linked to a specific acquisition, which makes it more interesting.

      C.

    2. InsaneGeek

      Re: Gabe!

      Depends on the context...

      5.5% of the entire company is 11k people losing their jobs

      11k people spread reasonably evenly across the company would be normal churn

      but if let's say 75% of the 11k came from a single division then that would be unusual

      The article seems to imply it's the later with Solidfire taking a targeted hit

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Gabe!

        Neither comprehension nor math your strong point then. Total employees = 11K, of which 5,5% laid-off = 605 people. If you were at NetApp, I would hope that you - and the two people who up-voted you - would be in the 5.5%.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I worked for NetApp for 10 years and survived a couple of rounds of layoffs during that time. Each time it was between 5% & 10%. To their credit, each time it happened the process was pretty efficient. Announcement made that numbers were being reduced, everybody notified whether you were affected within the hour and everybody gone by the end of the day - subject to appeals.

    Unlike Sun Microsystems where many colleagues spent years working permanently under threat of redundancy which is far from motivating.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Just guessing, but I'd expect anyone working for a tech company which isn't doing well probably knows they're working "permanently under threat of redundancy".

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Just guessing, but I'd expect anyone working for a tech company that isn't making an obscene amount of profit probably knows they're working "permanently under threat of redundancy".

        FTFY.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Maybe they can get a refund on their Pearl Street lease.

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