There is an extensive plan to lay off approximately 35% from the IT employees, globally. This will start November-December 2019.
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I can confirm, selected people in IT have been told recently that they need to start looking for new jobs in the company.
The layoff planning already started begining of 2019. The final plan with the people to be laid off will come out before Christmas 2019. Around that time people will be announced that they will be laid off. This is not the end. The layoffs will continue iteratively till the end of 2021.
The layoffs in the headquarter do not affect only IT. The layoffs already started begining of the year, with different departments being closed and moved to Switzerland and Portugal. Lots of People were laid off. What did the WoCo do? Nothing! More departments to come, cherry picking people from different departments so that it does not look like mass layoff. Casper needs to exceed his goals, employees are just losses.
Basically 1/3 of the IT positions will be closed and moved to Bogota and New Delhi. It is very strange that the works council, local media, nobody knows or says anything however, like for all the other layoffs at adidas Germany, GBS ... , things are done silently. One can tell that everything is so much quieter in the campus, people simply vanish, buildings are empty.
The program is called, Future of IT or as Kasper mentioned, you need to find 100 Million, employees are just numbers...Future of IT become IT with no Future