Asked to confirm, Micron’s media relations department gave NewWest.Net/Boise this statement:
“Micron is pursuing a number of initiatives to drive greater cost efficiencies and revenue growth across its operations. These initiatives include developing production cost efficiencies closer in location to Micron’s global customers, evaluating functions more efficiently performed through partnerships or other outside relationships and reducing the company’s overhead costs to meet or exceed industry benchmarks.
With extreme declines in pricing for Micron products, the company must examine its overhead cost structure to effectively compete in key markets. Micron is taking a critical look at what components are the right fit in this business environment. Through this assessment and in line with the company’s initiatives to drive greater cost efficiency and revenue growth across its operations, we’ve determined that some workforce reductions in certain areas of the business will occur as we realign the business. Workforce reductions are always difficult, but these initiatives are being pursued to support the long-term global viability and competitiveness of the company.”
Several Boise online forums have been carrying sometimes contentious discussions about the Micron layoffs. Here are five random comments from one site:
Dave in Boise: No one should get laid off from micron that is a shift worker until all of the first shift fat and good old boys get the axe first. There is no reason to punish the worker bees for the queens ineptitude.
Economics 101 wrote: Business is about making a profit. That means you have to make your product for less than what you sell if for. Micron’s gross margin went from 25% to 8% in one quarter because of memory prices, and not because of management ineptitude (as so many of you believe). What is a company supposed to do when this happens?
Still at Micron For Now: It amazes me how so many people that have benefited from Micron can turn against it in such a short time. Micron did not get to where it is by exploiting its workers. If you think about it, you’ve been treated pretty well. Sure, there have been tough times, but we’re in a very, very tough industry and Micron is the last one standing in this country. I may be laid off this week, but I’ll thank Micron for being good to me an my family while I was a part of their team, and then I’ll move on. Perhaps some of you should do the same.
California Carl wrote: I’ll bet you are gone within the next 6 months. Can you say “cheap labor”? Can you say “out-sourcing” Good luck to you oh “holier than thou”. You really cracked me up. Look into the Agilent lay-offs that occured in CA around 2004-2005. You’ll see, you too are doomed. At least Agilent gave thier soon to be ex-employees a decent notice and a good severance pacage. I feel sorry for those who are being sold out. Even you ignorant ones!
Good bye America! Hello global corporations!
BSScout: The underwear you have on was made in Bangladesh; your car was probably made in Mexico; the fiber over which your message was routed came from Canada; your computer monitor came from god-knows-where. Sunglasses… probably chinese. The gas in your tank probably originated from somewhere in south america or the middle east.
America is stronger than ever, despite what some union leader or politician would like you to believe. Right now, we are in desperate need of teachers, health-care workers, and energy/utility engineers, just to name a few. Sorry that some people are getting the short-end of this stick, but the world really needs you to move on and contribute!
What’s your angle on these comments and the layoffs at Micron?