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Hundreds Laid Off by Symantec as Part of Restructuring Plan

Cybersecurity giant Symantec has informed more than 200 employees in the United States that they are being laid off as part of a recently announced restructuring plan for fiscal year 2020.

When announcing its financial results for the first quarter of FY 2020 on August 8, Symantec revealed that it would be reducing its global workforce by roughly 7 percent.

“The Company also plans to downsize, vacate or close certain facilities and data centers in connection with the restructuring plan. The Company estimates that it will incur total costs in connection with the restructuring of approximately $100 million, with approximately $75 million for severance and termination benefits and $25 million for site closures,” Symantec said at the time.

Documents submitted to the U.S. government show that Symantec is cutting 152 jobs at its headquarters in Mountain View, 36 jobs in Culver City (Los Angeles County), and 18 in San Francisco. The positions of 24 employees will be eliminated from the company’s office in Springfield, Oregon.

The layoffs target people in sales, customer support, software development, and various management positions.

These employees received their notice in August and the termination date is October 15. Symantec says all layoffs are permanent.

On its website, Symantec says it employs over 11,000 people across 35 countries, which means that hundreds of others will likely lose their jobs in the coming months.

The layoffs come just as semiconductor giant Broadcom agreed to acquire Symantec’s enterprise unit for $10.7 billion. There have also been reports that private equity firms Permira and Advent International are interested in acquiring Symantec’s consumer business for more than $16 billion.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.