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Symantec Layoffs: Fiscal Year 2020 Staff Cuts Begin

Symantec has begun layoffs that were first announced in August 2019. The cybersecurity company is cutting is cutting 152 jobs at its Mountain View headquarters and 18 in San Francisco, along with 36 in Culver City (Los Angeles County), according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

The overall layoffs will impact roughly 7 percent of staff during fiscal year 2020, the cybersecurity company announced in August 2019. The company also plans to downsize, vacate or close certain facilities and data centers in connection with the restructuring plan, Symantec disclosed that month.

The cuts are part of two larger stories:

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Symantec Security Revenue Challenges

Symantec has struggled on multiple fronts in recent years. Former CEO Greg Clark resigned in May 2019 amid weak enterprise cybersecurity software revenues and intense competition from next-generation endpoint protection rivals -- though the company's latest quarterly results exceeded Wall Street's expectations.

Executive team departures over the past year have also included Symantec’s CFO, chief operating officer, chief marketing officer and the head of its go-to-market teams, Silicon Valley Business Journal noted in May. Board member Rick Hill has been interim president and CEO of the company since that time.

Symantec had about 1,200 layoffs and job cuts in mid-2016, representing about 10 percent of staff at the time.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.