- An anonymous post on the internet alleges that Motorola has laid off half its Chicago Motorola Mobility workforce.
- While one anonymous post is not enough to seriously believe, the information seems to be corroborated by an independent Moto Mod developer.
- Right now, with the evidence at hand, it seems likely that these layoffs are in fact happening and Motorola simply hasn’t announced it yet.
It’s no secret that Motorola hasn’t been doing too well since Lenovo took over the legendary smartphone brand. While it’s great that the Moto Z line earned some good reviews and the company forged new territory with its line of Moto Mods (combined with Motorola boasting a lot about what’s to come in 2018), you don’t have to search too hard to find information that all is not well at Motorola/Lenovo.
Rumors are bubbling up that Motorola either has or will lay off half of its Chicago Motorola Mobility workforce. Right now, the primary source of the story is pretty flimsy, but there are corroborating rumors that make it seem legit.
The main source is a post on TheLayoff.com where an anonymous user with the moniker “Ex-Motorolan” gives news on the huge purge of employees:
Motorola Mobility (Lenovo) just tapped 50% of their Chicago workforce on the shoulder to let them know they are being laid off. Their expected last day of work is April 6, 2018. Sad… and to think this was my dream job getting out of college.
There is no proof provided of the layoffs, so it’s hard to take this anonymous information very seriously. However, it is not too hard to fathom it being true when there are plenty of reports that Lenovo and Motorola are in some serious hot water when it comes to selling smartphones.
The allegations of “Ex-Motorolan” are further supported by some posts from an Indiegogo campaign. Liangchen Chen crowdfunded over $160,000 to build a Moto Mod keyboard. However, in the comments section of the campaign, Mr. Chen implies that he has been made aware of the layoffs due to his connection with Motorola’s Moto Mod team:
Mr. Chen is concerned about the future of his Moto Mod keyboard. If he cannot get an official license from Motorola as well as access to the OTA server in the Moto Mod department, his keyboard will not work with any current or future Motorola phones. He later says that if he can work out the OTA update situation, his Mod will at least work on current Moto Mod-compatible devices.
If you combine what Mr. Chen says with the anonymous post from “Ex-Motorolan,” it gives some serious credibility to the claim that there was a massive layoff at Motorola that hasn’t yet been officially announced.
We can only assume that in the next few days either more allegations of the layoffs will surface or Motorola/Lenovo will make an official statement. What these layoffs would mean for the future of Motorola, the line of Moto Z phones, and the upcoming Moto G6, Moto 5, and Moto Z3, is unknown.