More Layoffs at Cisco Systems as Tech Giant Cuts 310 Jobs in San Jose

Cisco Layoffs

Cisco Laying Off 310 Employees from Corporate Headquarters

Tech giant Cisco Systems, Inc. is laying off more employees as it continues its reorganization. The manufacturer of hardware and system switches is laying off 310 employees at its corporate headquarters in San Jose.

In its layoff notice filed with the state government, the company said that the layoffs will be taking place in mid-October. The job functions being affected include engineering, software, and other technical roles—as well as management, administration, and support. None of the positions to be cut are unionized. Cisco currently employs a global workforce of about 73,000.

The latest round of layoffs is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to streamline certain areas of the company and invest in others. Cisco has begun focusing more on markets such as cloud computing, data centers, networking, and cybersecurity.

The layoffs were announced about a month after the company reported its fourth-quarter and full-year results, which showed declining trends across all of its major business units. What’s even worse is that management guided that these declines could continue.


Cisco’s traditional cash cows—switches and routers—have been posting slumping sales as cloud computing becomes more popular with big corporations and governments.

Cisco sells networking devices to federal, state, and local governments. However, with Republican-dominated governments proposing to cut spending, Cisco is likely to take a hit on its bottom line. Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins warned about that scenario earlier this year, suggesting that revenue generated from the government could drop.

As part of the ongoing reorganization, Cisco laid off 1,100 employees just four months ago. In that round of layoffs in May, 250 of the job cuts were at the San Jose headquarters.


Cisco polishes the axe for more HQ job cuts,” The Register, September 27, 2017.