Cisco Systems, one of the Triangle's biggest technology employers, plans to slash $1 billion in annual expenses as it undertakes a major reorganization that could result in significant job losses locally and worldwide.
CEO John Chambers is trying to revamp the company's operations to offset slowing sales, boost profit and restore investor confidence. As the company reported its latest quarterly earnings this afternoon, Cisco also gave a financial forecast for the current quarter that missed analyst expectations.
Cisco has previously disclosed that it's offering early retirement buyouts to thousands of U.S. and Canadian workers. Chambers told Wall Street analysts on a conference call today that various cost-cutting moves will save about $1 billion, but didn't say how many jobs he expects to eliminate.
That savings represents about 6 percent of annual expenses. Cutting that much of Cisco's workforce could amount to 4,400 of the company's 73,400 employees.
The San Jose, Calif.-based company employs about 4,900 workers and contractors at its campus in Research Triangle Park. A 6 percent cut in RTP could mean 300 jobs.