Symantec says it will lay off 66 workers at Gateway facility in January – The Register

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SPRINGFIELD — Sixty-six Symantec employees will lose their jobs next month as the cyber­security firm has begun a drastic reduction of its local workforce.

The layoffs mark the continued downsizing of Symantec’s once-substantial Gateway workforce.

In a federally required notice, Symantec said the employees were notified in November of their pending job losses. The last day for 64 employees is Jan. 17, while the last day for the remaining two employees is Jan. 26, according to the notice.

Symantec announced in October that it planned to make substantial cuts to its local workforce, but it did not disclose any employee numbers.

“The company has decided to scale back its Springfield operations as part of a larger workforce and real estate efficiency plan,” company spokesman Matt Nagel wrote Tuesday in an email. “Many of the roles currently in Springfield will be relocated to other cities where Symantec operates.”

Symantec, once Lane County’s largest technology company, has not said how many workers it will keep in Springfield or whether it ultimately will close the site.

It’s unclear how many workers are employed at the complex now.

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The layoff notice is required under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, a federal law that requires most employers with 100 or more workers to give notice 60 days before plant closings and mass layoffs.

A Symantec spokesman said in October that Symantec’s ­office in Springfield’s Gateway area would have space for 150 seats, or call center workstations, by the end of March. A single workstation can be shared by more than one employee.

The spokesman said at that time that some Springfield employees would be offered transfers to other Symantec locations or become remote employees, working away from the office.

California-based Symantec, a computer software and cyber­security company, employed a peak of about 1,400 people at its Gateway campus in 2007. Since then, the site has shrunk amid corporate restructuring. Now it has 700 to 800 employees, and is expected to dwindle to about 200 people, some employees estimate.

Local economic development officials have said the laid-off employees should be able to land on their feet given the area’s burgeoning technology sector and a favorable economy.

Follow Christian Hill on Twitter @RGchill . Email [email protected] .

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