VMware Cutting Hundreds of Jobs as Part of 'Rebalancing'

The employees will be losing their jobs on or after April 1.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

January 30, 2020

2 Min Read
Layoffs, Job Cuts, Unemployed

More than 200 VMware employees in California will lose their jobs in April as part of the company’s regular workforce rebalancing.

According to WARN notices filed Thursday with the California Employment Development Department, about 155 employees assigned to work at VMware’s Palo Alto headquarters and about 56 employees assigned to remote locations that report into the Palo Alto headquarters are anticipated to be laid off on or after April 1.

Affected employees are not represented by any labor organization and bumping rights – rights sometimes given to senior employees to replaces less senior workers during a workforce reduction – are not available for them, according to the notice.

Among the affected positions are staff engineer, technical staff, partner go-to-market manager, sales development representative and more.

Michael Thacker, VMware‘s director of corporate public relations, tells us “we can confirm that there have been a limited number of changes to our workforce this month.”


VMware’s Michael Thacker

“This is a part of regular workforce rebalancing that ensures resources across VMware’s global businesses and geographies are aligned with strategic objectives and customer needs,” he said. “We have an active employee support program to ensure, where possible, impacted employees will be redeployed to open roles within VMware. We continue to recruit in areas of strategic importance for the company.”

VMware’s headcount continues to grow, and its “hiring engine is strong,” Thacker said. There are “significantly” more openings than the number of positions impacted this month, and more than 1,250 openings listed on VMware.com’s career page, he said.

“We are rebalancing some areas of our business to align to our top-growth priorities, which resulted in some positions being eliminated,” he said. “This is not uncommon in the fast-changing technology industry. For employees that were impacted, we are making every effort to find them new positions either at VMware or externally. We are committed to working together with impacted employees to ease the transition. This includes providing placement services and dedicated recruiters.”

VMware closed its $2.7 billion acquisition of Pivotal Software earlier this month. Prior to that, it closed its purchase of Carbon Black.

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Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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