Juniper Layoffs 2024 – Discontinued News

Juniper Networks is a top provider of networking devices and solutions. The company employs approximately 9,000 people and Juniper Layoffs 440 employees as part of a restructuring plan outlined in an SEC filing. 

The company also plans to reduce its India division by 10–15%. This could result in the loss of around 500 people as it merges with Hewlett-Packard Enterprises (HPE), an American corporation that currently has roughly 3,500 employees in India.

The merger is projected to influence sales, marketing, shared services, product development, and R&D. Both companies suspect the merger will be completed by the end of 2024 or early 2025. In this article, we briefly learn about the layoffs at Juniper Networks.

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Juniper Networks Layoffs

On September 29, 2023, Juniper Network approved a restructuring plan. “It aims to reallocate resources to efficiently support its key objectives as foreseen in the company’s outlook and guidance provided in the company’s earnings report on July 27,” the company stated.

Juniper Layoffs 2024 - Discontinued News

The approach results from a thorough assessment of the company’s business goals. It prioritizes reallocating resources and investments for long-term growth prospects. The business believes the plan will allow it to continue managing operating expenses wisely, resulting in an increased operating margin.

Juniper Networks reported $1.43 billion in net sales in the second quarter of 2023, a 13% increase over the same period in 2022. Still, earnings were $24.4 million, down from $113.4 million in the same quarter of 2022.

Juniper Networks announced in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notification about layoffs. It was filed with the California Employment Development Department in 2023. The notice said that the layoffs would start on December 4, 2023. It plans to provide severance compensation and transition initiatives to affected employees. It includes outplacement services and an employee help program.

The statement read, “We believe that these efforts will help reduce the effects of the mass layoffs on both the community and individual workers.”

Among those affected are software engineers and others. Juniper Networks intends to incur $59 million in costs as part of the plan. It was with $48 million in cash expenditures.

Global Layoffs by Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks’ layoffs will reduce employees globally, resulting in about $40 million in cash charges for severance and other layoff expenses. In addition, the business expects to pay more restructuring and related costs of about $19 million.

The company stated that “Some possible position cuts are subject to local law and consultation requirements. It may expand the workforce reduction process beyond that date in certain countries. But the steps taken under the plan ought to be substantially completed by the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2024.”

“The exact timing and expenses of the plan are based on several assumptions. Also, exact timing and costs may differ materially from the company’s current expectations and forecasts.”

Also, Juniper Networks agreed to have an expansion of its restructuring plan approved in the first half of 2023. It was previously revealed in its quarterly report for the quarter ending June 30, 2023, that it cost about $14 million due to asset impairment.

Juniper Networks India faces layoffs

Juniper Networks is expected to lay off 10-15% of its staff in India, or around 500 employees, as part of its merger with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE).

According to an Economic Times analysis, employment cuts are considered normal. “Once the regulatory procedures for the merger with HPE are finished, Indian employment could fall by 10-15%.”

The merger is projected to influence on

  • sales,
  • marketing,
  • shared services,
  • product development, and
  • R&D.

Both companies believe the merger will be completed by the end of 2024 or early 2025.

In January, HPE announced its strong commitment to acquire Juniper for around $14 billion in cash. HPE’s CEO, Antonio Neri, called the acquisition a strategic move to broaden HPE’s footprint, notably in the networking space. Juniper’s CEO, Rami Rahim, will lead the unified networking business after the merger.

Job cuts at Juniper affected job roles

The roles that may feel the heat at India’s Bengaluru branch include sales and marketing, shared services, product development, and research and development (R&D). The most significant development facility for Juniper Networks is located in Bengaluru.

Rohan Dhamija is a managing partner at Analysys Mason. He said overlapping sales, shared services, and product development roles will be impacted. A spokesperson for HPE stated:

“Through the merger planning process, we will look at team structure, talent needs, and operations over the next few quarters. This is to maintain business continuity, serve customers, and best position HPE’s networking business for success.”

Dhamija continued, “These cuts occur in mergers to create cost savings. Also, it provides value for shareholders.”

Conclusion

Executives expect additional investment in artificial intelligence (AI) to support Juniper Networks’ shaky cloud business. The company has had revenue issues lately as customers worked through orders placed when the supply chain was held up.

HPE’s acquisition of Juniper is intended to strengthen its enterprise networking business and increase its rivalry with industry titans such as Cisco. 

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