New Intel Layoffs Impact GPU And Cloud Software Staff Among Wide Range Of Roles
The semiconductor giant recently disclosed that it plans to lay off more than 300 employees across three office campuses in California. The roles impacted by the layoffs, part of Intel’s ongoing cost-cutting campaign, encompass highly competitive areas that are strategically important for Intel: AI, cloud computing and GPUs.
Intel plans to lay off more than 300 California employees in a wide range of roles, including software development for GPUs, cloud computing and AI computing, as part of ongoing cost-cutting measures.
The semiconductor giant disclosed the layoffs in notices received on Monday and Wednesday by California’s Employment Development Department. The company plans to begin terminating the employees on Aug. 31, but some impacted staff may move to new positions, Intel said in the public notices.
Required by California’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, covered employers such as Intel must provide advance notice to employees affected by office closures or mass layoffs.
Intel did not respond to a request for comment.
The chipmaker has been making job cuts over the past several months after Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger announced a multibillion-dollar spending reduction plan last fall to weather a “pronounced slowdown in demand” as the company moves forward with his ambitious turnaround plan.
“These are difficult decisions affecting our loyal Intel family, but we need to balance increased investment in areas like leadership and technology development, product and capacity in Ohio and Germany with efficiency measures elsewhere as we drive to have best-in-class structures,” Gelsinger said during an earnings call last October.
The job cuts impact a total of 315 employees, split between 175 at the company’s Santa Clara headquarters, 89 in Folsom and 51 in San Jose. Back in July, California’s labor office received a separate WARN notice for an additional 78 Intel employees who were laid off in Santa Clara.
Intel had 131,900 employees as of the end of 2022, according to a regulatory filing from January. The company’s website said more than 13,500 of those employees are based in California.
Latest Layoffs Target AI, Cloud, GPU Roles Among Many Others
More than three-dozen roles impacted by the layoffs, part of Intel’s ongoing cost-cutting campaign, encompass highly competitive areas that are strategically important for Intel: AI, cloud computing and GPUs: AI, cloud computing and GPUs.
The affected roles in those areas consisted of 11 GPU software development engineers and two graphics hardware engineers, an engineering manager and four engineers working on AI software as well as 28 engineers and architects working on cloud software and solutions.
The layoffs also claimed a general manager as well as an Intel fellow, the latter of which is the most prestigious title that can be given to a technical employee. CRN was unable to identify them.
Other roles caught up in Intel’s latest layoff round included a channel marketing manager, three engineering managers, six hardware engineers, five principal engineers, eight product marketing engineers, five product marketing engineering managers, 16 system-on-chip design engineers and two system-on-chip design engineering managers.
The job cuts extended to several software roles too. These included 13 system software development engineers and four software engineering managers, among other related jobs.