Hewlett-Packard Co. announces layoffs
By Clint Swett -- Staff Writer
Sacramento Bee

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Local impact is still unclear

August 20, 2003

As it struggles to recover from a disappointing third quarter, Hewlett-Packard Co. said it will eliminate 1,300 jobs, about 0.9 percent of its worldwide work force. It's unclear how the layoffs will affect HP's Roseville campus, which employs about 4,000 workers. HP spokeswoman Rebeca Robboy said Wednesday that the company does not disclose when or where layoffs will take place.

According to published reports, HP's enterprise division and its consulting business will bear the brunt of the cuts. But Robboy said HP will spread the layoffs across all areas of the company except the profitable printer division.

HP's Roseville operations constitute a significant chunk of the enterprise business, which makes and sells large computers and software to corporate customers. Robboy, however, declined to say how many Roseville workers are employed in the enterprise division.

The campus in south Placer County already has suffered significant layoffs over the past several years. In 2000, HP employed about 6,200 workers in Roseville, but layoffs and attrition have whittled that number by more than a third. Many of those cuts came as HP digested Compaq Computer, which it acquired 15 months ago.



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