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re: AMD announces 10 percent workforce reduction
cdhmanning   11/7/2011 12:48:29 AM
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Businesses are not charities. Why should companies and competent staff carry the incompetent staff. If you're in the bottom 10% of any industry then you really don't belong. It has been well documented that good staff can be as much as 30x as productive as the bottom 10%. Keeping those lower 10% just slows companies down. I'd personally like to see more bottom-10% style cuts.

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re: AMD announces 10 percent workforce reduction
cdhmanning   11/7/2011 12:38:37 AM
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50% of the entire workforce is in North America where 50% of the layoffs are occurring. I don't see how you can say that this is unfairly targeting US employees. "Rebalancing" likely means that the required skills are not where they are needed. For example US might have an excess of fab skills and engineers relative to the size of US-side fabs. Likely too, changes in the number/type of chips being designed might change the need for design staff relative to fab staff.

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DrDon   11/6/2011 7:47:58 PM
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@ daleste - Getting rid of the bottom 10% of your performers is not a "layoff", this should be done everyday and it is called good HR policy which was made famous by the GE CEO, Jack Welch. @Junko - I agree, although I would not use the word "outraged", "sad" maybe. AMD is trying to "Carly" their way to profitability for the sake of their stock price. Wonder how this is going to work out in the long term? I am not optimistic. The key to success is to motivate, encourage and enable your engineering, marketing and sales teams, not lay them off. More like Steve Jobs, less like Carly........

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re: AMD announces 10 percent workforce reduction
daleste   11/6/2011 2:10:06 AM
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Yes, all the large corporations use the rank and rate. When times get tough, they jetison the bottom 10. It is an imperfect system, but at least it is a system. You don't want to be in a place without a chair when the music stops. I like the way they only hire the top 10% so they have only the best, then they lay off the bottom 10 anyway.

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nosubject   11/5/2011 5:44:28 PM
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well said. Who said the engineers are not good politicians? With the rank&rate process, and the expected job insecurity, plenty of engineers can play the office politics very smartly.

old account Frank Eory
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re: AMD announces 10 percent workforce reduction
old account Frank Eory   11/5/2011 1:53:07 PM
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Except that the rank & rate process is imperfect and the resulting "bottom 10%" will inevitably include good employees that you really want to keep, while the top 90% will include some who you really could get by without. I don't know who came up with the scheme of rank & rate, but the notion of pitting employees against each other -- particularly those who work together as a team -- has always struck me as bizarre and counter-productive.

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re: AMD announces 10 percent workforce reduction
goafrit   11/5/2011 12:18:25 PM
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Very very tough. I wish they do not have to do this. There is no job out there. I am so unhappy why people keep thinking that cutting jobs is the only way to stay profitable. It is an excuse that makes no sense. When CEOs lack strategic vision, they use families to make Wall Street happy.

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re: AMD announces 10 percent workforce reduction
mmeyer2   11/4/2011 11:23:05 PM
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Maybe they canned the guy who updates the website. But seriously, maybe the website just hasn't been updated yet.

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re: AMD announces 10 percent workforce reduction
jbbb   11/4/2011 9:20:54 PM
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AMD is washing out the bottom 10% of performers across the board. They have a ranking system just like every other company today. This is the easiest thing to do right now and of course you get the biggest $$ for each employee laid off in the US. In my opinion it is an outrage. Lets prey on the bottom 10% cause its the easy think to do. Everyone will be in the bottom 10% at some time cause stuff happens; divorce, illness, money, etc. So lets make it worse and lay you off.

old account Frank Eory
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old account Frank Eory   11/4/2011 9:17:42 PM
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AMD's website still shows a fair number of open reqs -- some in China, but most in California, Austin and Ontario. I just want to point that out, without offering editorial commentary.

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