Baker Hughes Follows Schlumberger, Ups Layoffs to 17% of Workforce

meat cleaverIt seems that unfortunately, Schlumberger’s second round of layoffs was an omen and indeed a predictor of things to come (see Schlumberger Cuts Another 11K Jobs, 15% of Workforce Gone in 4 Mos). After Schlumberger announced their new massive layoff, Baker Hughes followed suit and today added another 3,500 layoffs to the 7,000 previously announced (see Baker Hughes Announces 7,000 Layoffs Due to Low Oil Price). The new 10,500 number represents 17% of Baker Hughes’ workforce. Of course mixed up in this mess is the shotgun marriage–Baker Hughes is being forced to sell to Halliburton (see Halliburton & Baker Hughes Vote to Approve Shotgun Wedding). This morning Baker Hughes released their first quarter 2015 results, and the new layoffs news was embedded in that announcement…

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