A Downsized Dell
Call it what you want -- be it right-sizing, layoffs, office shutdowns or voluntary early retirement -- Dell has been grappling with reducing costs.
In December, Dell notified a portion of its global work force of 110,000 employees about the "voluntary separation program." Dell spokesman David Frink said at the time it was an attempt to "improve Dell's cost structure and free up capital to make the investments in growth areas that matter to our customers the most." In February, The Register reported Dell was looking to lay off 15,000 employees as part of the restructuring. In May, Dell announced it shut down a call center in Mhali, India. While Dell did not specify the number of jobs impacted, reported estimates put the number somewhere around 1,000 employees. Earlier this month, Australian Financial Review said that Dell was laying off an undisclosed number of Australian-based employees.