Verizon announces ‘seamless’ plan to buy out 10,400 employees

Though company shares were down more than a percent after the news, most headlines about the decision are positive.

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Thousands of employees are taking Verizon up on its offer to leave the company.

The buyouts, which were announced on Monday, represent roughly 7 percent of Verizon’s workforce. The company first announced the plan to decrease its staff members to help the company’s foray into 5G.

TechCrunch reported:

Verizon put this offer on the table in September with a goal to save $10 billion in cash by 2021. The offer, which included 60 weeks of salary bonus and benefits depending on length of service, applied to 44,000 employees across Verizon’s business.

In a press release, Verizon wrote:

“These changes are well-planned and anticipated, and they will be seamless to our customers,” said Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg. “This is a moment in time, given our financial and operational strength, to begin to better serve customers with more agility, speed and flexibility.”

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