Bloomberg News reports Dell Technologies is preparing to eliminate jobs as more businesses continue to struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How it might affect the company’s operations in Oklahoma City is unclear at this time. Dell is headquartered in the Austin, Texas suburb of Round Rock.
The company’s chief operating officer, Jeff Clarke, informed staff during its quarterly meeting that the layoffs won’t be limited to any particular team or division within the company.
At the quarterly meeting, the report also stated that Clarke told staff members about the latest work-from-home plans. Accordingly, volunteers are asked to work from home as much as they’d like after the pandemic as long as they have manager approval. Remote workers are also eligible for a one-time stipend of $400 for home office equipment.
KVUE TV in Austin, Texas reached out to Dell Technologies regarding the reported layoffs and received the following statement:
“Our priority continues to be taking care of our team members, so we can take care of our customers and our business, to ensure they’re healthy and strong for the long-term. We’re also evaluating our business to make sure we have the right number of team members in the right roles and in areas where customers need us most. And, we’re addressing our cost structure to make sure we’re as competitive as we should be now and for future opportunities. While we do this type of organizational review regularly, and while it always results in some job loss or restructuring, we recognize that there is nothing routine about today’s environment. We updated our team today with this information so they understand the actions occurring this week. Every decision we’ve made up to this point is to make sure we’re doing what’s best for the long-term health of our company and our team.”
According to the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Round Rock-based Dell is one of the top 12 largest employers in the Austin area, employing more than 6,000 employees. Seven years ago, the company employed nearly 14,000 workers in central Texas.