Software security provider to reduce customer support jobs in September.
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
Software security provider, Symantec, will cut 175 customer support jobs from its Springfield facility in September, the Register-Guard reports.
The move is a part of a restructuring effort the company announced in the fall. Symantec bought storage company Veritas in 2004. A former employee who was quoted anonymously in the R-G story said the move cuts “essentially all of Veritas tech support here in Springfield.”
“They were all totally shocked,” said the worker, who is in contact with employees still working at Symantec. “They didn’t see it coming at all. They’d seen the little cuts here and there but nothing this big.”
[Noah] Edwardsen, the company spokesman, said Symantec is “making organizational changes to achieve greater efficiencies,” as it separates Symantec and Veritas into two standalone companies. Both companies will continue to do business out of the Springfield facility, he said. However, Veritas customer support will no longer be located in Springfield, resulting in the elimination of 175 positions, some of which will be shifted to Veritas sites in Minnesota, Florida and India, Edwardsen said.
Symantec did not specify whether the decision would affect part or full-time positions.
The national and regional tech economies are thriving – Oregon tech employment is at its highest point since 2002 and growing by more than 2 percent annually.
Yet some companies continue making cuts as they reposition their businesses. Silicon Forest employers that have announced layoffs this spring include Mentor Graphics, Lattice Semiconductor and Vancouver telecommunications company Integra.