As a 30+ year employee in ElSegundo now retired it was a rewarding experience to work with some of the best people ever.Their loyalty, dedication and selfless efforts to make Xerox number one were unsurpassed.For whatever reasons East Coast management refused to acknowledge this and did everything possible to denigrate El Segundo Mfg. at every turn ..
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El Segundo mfg. site was in the heart of airspace industry with access to top engineering talent and innovation.Site won numerous awards for PWBA,Systems and
Laser development...but was under the
umbrella of Webster Mfg. which treated it as a poor step child..What couldn’t be sold off was outsourced costing thousands of jobs to the local community.West Coast Distribution took the hit as well with parts supplies and support severely limited ultimately to be closed and outsourced.
Thanks to Corporate:Down the drain
I retired a few years ago. At that time there were a lot of empty offices at PARC. The second floor was pretty much vacant, with some space eventually being leased to outside companies. Half of the parking lot was leased to nearby Nest and Tesla, for use by their employees. Not sure what's happening there now, but it was a shadow of what it was in the 80s.
PARC is separate from the El Segundo campus. Last I knew PARC was a joint venture rather than being a division of Xerox. There were other (“complimentary”) companies that helped foot the investment & shared in the results. As you know R&D is quite expensive with an uncertain payout on an unknown timeline. This arrangement was an attempt to “monetize” Xerox’s investment. Not sure what’s going on there at this point...
I'm under a rock. We, in the field, are unaware. I thought PARC was still thriving.
The El Segundo campus is closed, all buildings sold off. At one time, over 5,000 were employed there. A ton of technology from that location. The four guys who invented the multifunction printer/scanner/fax device worked there.
Xerox still employs a few Calif folks who all work remotely.
The buildings themselves are still there of course, but occupied by new companies. Xerox Centre has Grumman. The A&E was heavily remodeled with a major tenant being the federal government. It’s address was changed as well!
The death of the campus was slow. Continental Park buildings went first. Then M2. Then Xerox Centre. Annual layoffs started in the late 90s and continued thru the final days. A&E was closed with everyone who was left squeezed into M1. And then the final cut.
Many employees were rebadged to HCL. HCL fired a lot of those after a year. Needless to say, productivity was near zero during the last few years.