Cisco cuts 15 percent of its execs amid big layoffs

Cisco Systems shed 11,500 jobs from its payroll between layoffs and a move to sell a plant to Foxconn.

Cisco Systems on Monday shed 11,500 jobs from its payroll between layoffs and a move to sell a plant to Foxconn.

The company had been expected to cut 5,000 to 10,000 jobs, but wound up laying off or potentially transferring a total of 11,500 workers.

According to Cisco, the workforce cuts break down like this:

  • 6,500 job cuts, including 2,100 employees who took early retirement.
  • Of that sum, 15 percent of vice president and above employees were cut.
  • 9 percent of Cisco's workforce was hit, but that excludes the sale to Foxconn.
  • Employees will be notified in the first week of August.

As a result, Cisco will take charges of $1.3 billion in upcoming quarters. The first installment of that charge---$750 million---will be recognized in the fourth quarter.

The sale to Foxconn ---announced separately---rids Cisco of a set-top box manufacturing facility. Cisco had 5,000 workers there who will be transferred to Foxconn. Cisco said no layoffs are expected.