Motorola Reportedly Lays Off Half Of Its Chicago Engineering Staff

This development may put the Moto Z series in jeopardy.

Motorola Reportedly Lays Off Half Of Its Chicago Engineering Staff

Even though Motorola seemed to have been dying in the mobile world, the company has come up again in recent times with some powerful devices, enjoying success with its E- and G-series phones.

However, with reports going about, it seems that the company may be in some trouble at the moment.

According to a post on “TheLayoff” earlier this week, by someone referred to as an “Ex-Motorolan”:

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.

In response to this, Liangchen Chen – the owner of the keyboard mod for the Moto Z seen at CES last January – had this to say, linking back to the story on TheLayoff:

We cannot move on to production until we finish OTA update server implementation with Moto’s side. And the above layoff has a huge impact on current situation and future. This is the most I can tell at this moment.

When Chen was asked whether the implication of this was that the Moto Z series would be discontinued after the release of the Z3, he replied that it looked even worse than that.

With the news getting hot, Android Central reported that 9to5Google received a tip from an anonymous source supposedly confirming that Motorola had indeed laid off between one-third and half of its Engineering staff at the company’s Chicago headquarters.

Motorola responded with this official statement to Android Central:

In late 2017, Lenovo announced a worldwide resource action that would occur over the next several quarters, and impacting less than two percent of its global workforce. This week’s employment reductions are a continuation of that process. We are reducing our Motorola operations in Chicago.

The company however said that the development did not impact half of its workforce as reported and that the Moto Z family will continue.

Considering the information so far, what do you think about this? Do comment below.



Vincent is an Electrical Engineer by profession, and a blogger by interest. He has a special interest in smartphones, hence this website. When Vincent is not blogging, he spends his time reading, seeing movies, or playing mobile games.

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