Arris Trims Workforce by 500 in Wake of Motorola Deal

Arris laid off 500 employees, reducing its global workforce from 7,000 to about 6,500, according to the company.

The layoffs came about two months after Arris closed its $2.35 billion acquisition of Motorola Home, the maker of set-tops, cable modems and broadband access gear. Cuts were anticipated, as Arris had already said it expects to create $100 million to $125 million in annual synergies from the deal.

Arris did not identify which areas of the company were affected by the reduction. In April, when Arris closed the deal, company chairman and CEO Bob Stanzione told Multichannel News that such synergies would likely come from a “mix of sources, including cost of goods, G&A, marketing and sales, as well as R&D.”

“Our goal from day one has been to bring the new Arris together with fully realized synergies as quickly and thoughtfully as possible,” Arris said in a statement. “To that end, we are taking steps to drive organizational efficiencies and align our business teams in core locations to maximize collaboration, cost efficiencies and proximity to our customers.”

Arris did not say if last week’s 6.8% workforce reduction will enable it to achieve the annual operational cost savings it is targeting.