- T-Mobile laying off large numbers of sales employees who came to the company in its merger with Sprint Corp!!!
T-Mobile told hundreds of affected employees on a Monday conference call that the company is doing away with Sprint’s Business Inside Sales Organization, TechCrunch reported. The report, based on leaked audio of a call by T-Mobile Vice President James Kirby, said that the call lasted less than six minutes and that officials did not take questions from employees.
TechCrunch said the T-Mobile executives held several calls announcing layoffs to Sprint operations focused on both business and commercial sales.
Posts on TheLayoff.com indicate that layoff notifications continued Tuesday. Posts describe short calls giving notice of layoffs involving national retail account executives, indirect sales managers and indirect account executives, with little detail other than that the layoffs are to become effective Aug. 17.
In a statement, T-Mobile declined to say how many employees are affected by what it deemed efforts to "evolve" and "transform" its workforce. But it did say it's committed to completing the process by the end of the month.
The company pointed to a May announcement that it would add 5,000 new positions in the next year, including in the Kansas City area. The effort is aimed at focusing resources "where our customers need us the most."
"As part of this process, some employees who hold similar positions are being asked to consider a career change inside the company, and others will be supported in their efforts to find a new position outside the company," the statement said.
Layoffs are not unusual after two large companies merge. And as the acquired party, few top Sprint executives made the transition to leadership of what has been called the New T-Mobile.
However, T-Mobile and Sprint officials said the merger would result in more, not fewer, jobs as they sought approval for the deal from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission.
T-Mobile had said it would retain Sprint's Overland Park operations as a "second headquarters" but has never elaborated on what that means.
Even the number of area Sprint employees is unclear. The company reported having 6,000 local full-time-equivalent employees in 2018, but did not respond to a KCBJ survey for 2019. A company official also did not disclose the number of area employees on April 1, when the merger was completed.
A year ago, Sprint sold its Overland Park headquarters campus to Wichita-based Occidental Management in a sale-leaseback deal. By that time, Sprint's plans called for consolidating its operations on the campus from 11 buildings to four.