- T-Mobile has cut hundreds of Sprint jobs just two months after the merger.
- The call announcing the layoffs lasted just six minutes.
- Employees affected are eligible for severance pay.
T-Mobile and Sprint have recently completed a $26 billion merger. In doing so, T-Mobile is set to lay off hundreds of Sprint employees.
The layoffs, which were reported by TechCrunch, come just about two months after the merger was completed. Unfortunately, when two large companies merge, there tends to be redundancy, but that never makes it any easier for those affected.
T-Mobile Vice President James Kirby spent about six minutes on a call telling hundreds of Sprint employees that their services were no longer needed. After announcing the layoffs, he declined to answer questions from those the company was letting go, citing the “personal” nature of the questions.
It’s not clear exactly how many people T-Mobile laid off during the call today, but the original report claimed almost 400 people were on the call.
T-Mobile is eliminating Sprint’s inside sales unit (BISO), which was focused on small business sales. “They cut people from every division, but BISO seems to have been hit the hardest,” a source told TechCrunch.
Apparently, this call was one of several made by T-Mobile leadership to members of the staff throughout the day. However, it appears no T-Mobile employees were affected by the layoffs, and only Sprint positions were being terminated.
The company announced 200 new jobs would open up. Kirby encouraged those laid off to apply for one of the new positions.
Additionally, Kirby announced those T-Mobile laid off would keep their jobs for about two months. As for severance, a source claimed they were told employees would get two weeks for every year on the job, though some may actually see more than that.