The waiting is over for thousands of AOL and Netscape staff as yesterday US employees at both companies were told whether to stay or go.
As previously reported, (see Newswire 25 March) AOL has shed 850 jobs, roughly split between the two companies, as it reorganises to incorporate the Netscape acquisition.
The majority of layoffs will come from obvious overlaps, such as AOL?s Interactive Services group and Netscape?s portal Netcenter, as well as administration and finance areas.
AOL said 850 redundancies will be made worldwide, but while US staff have already received layoff notices, other countries still wait to see if their jobs are safe.
The mood in the UK is upbeat explained marketing manager, Suzanne Burnip: ?The general feeling is good, that we are a needed commodity.?
Burnip added that as there are no Netcenter employees in Europe, only enterprise staff, she expects any job cuts to be ?extremely minimal?. The new management structure for Europe has yet to be announced.
At a major press conference on Tuesday, the companies revealed details of the strategic alliance with Sun. (see Newswire 31 March)
The Sun/Netscape Alliance plans to merge both companies' Internet software into a single product line to attempt to take on IBM and Microsoft in the ecommerce space.
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