T-Mobile has reportedly told hundreds of Sprint employees they’re being laid off

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One day after T-Mobile suffered a 12-hour nationwide outage, some more bad news regarding the carrier has come out.

T-Mobile has reportedly laid off hundreds of Sprint employees this week. TechCrunch got hold of audio from a conference call hosted by T-Mobile vice president James Kirby in which he told hundreds of Sprint workers that they were being laid off.

While it’s unclear exactly how many Sprint employees are being let go, it’s said that there were hundreds of people on the call, which lasted approximately 6 minutes. One person on the call says that employees from every division were being let go and that Sprint’s BISO sales unit that focuses on small businesses is being cut.

The employees that are being let go will have their jobs until August 13 and are getting severance packages that are reportedly worth around two weeks’ pay for each year on the job. These Sprint workers are being laid off to make room for 200 new positions inside the merged T-Mobile, and Kirby is said to have encouraged the employees being let go to apply for those new jobs.

It’s always disappointing to hear about layoffs, but there will likely be people especially frustrated by today’s news because of T-Mobile’s insistence that its merger with Sprint would create jobs. That was an argument that T-Mo regularly brought up when fighting for the merger, with John Legere claiming that the new T-Mobile would “be jobs-positive from day one and every day thereafter” and that it would have more than 11,000 additional employees on its payroll by 2024 than what T-Mo and Sprint would have separately.

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) opposed the T-Mobile and Sprint merger because it argued that the deal was likely to eliminate 30,000 jobs. Legere responded to that argument by saying those numbers came from “an analyst’s projections that were based on a completely different deal at a completely different point in time.”

T-Mobile hasn’t responded to today’s news of Sprint layoffs, but I’ll update this post if they do.

 

UPDATE: T-Mobile has issued a statement in response to today’s news about Sprint layoffs. In it, the carrier says that it’s begun a hiring initiative to add 5,000 new jobs over the next year. These jobs will include departments like Retail, Care, T-Mobile for Business, Engineering, and network organizations.

T-Mo also says that it’s examining its newly-merged company to “ensure that we focus our resources in the places where our customers need us most” and that as part of that process, some employees who have similar jobs are being asked to think about a career change inside T-Mobile while others will be supported in finding a new job elsewhere.

 

Sources: TechCrunch, T-Mobile

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  • Moby

    There still isn’t any evidence that T-Mobile hasn’t offset those layoffs in other areas to remain job positive as Legere promised.

    • psycho_nole

      These Sprint workers are being laid off to make room for 200 new
      positions inside the merged T-Mobile, and Kirby is said to have
      encouraged the employees being let go to apply for those new jobs.

      There’s this, guess we’ll have to wait and see how many “hundreds” got laid off to take these 200 jobs. At best, it’s still not a good look.

    • Andy Kemp

      No where in the pre merger statements did it say that all Sprint Employees would keep the job that they had, just that the net effect would be a company with more employees. Sprint as a company was circling the drain so change in organizations and practices isn’t some big secret that just was suddenly reviled.

  • MisterListerSir

    there will likely be people especially frustrated by today’s news because of T-Mobile’s insistence that its merger with Sprint would create jobs.

    Sprint was not T-Mobile. T-Mobile promised to create jobs, not keep Sprint jobs.

    it would have more than 11,000 additional employees on its payroll by 2024 than what T-Mo and Sprint would have separately.

    The keyword there is “separately”. Do the math there – that’s 11,000 on top of T-Mobile’s employment, minus Sprint’s entirely.

    This shouldn’t shock anyone and is not a breaking of their promise in the slightest, despite how some blogs are trying to paint it (outrage sells views, views sell ads).

    • GeoGuy17

      Those that have had Sprint would say that most of the people there seem to either be inept or trying to pull one over on the customer. That is part of the reason Sprint has suffered for so long. T-Mobile is better off finding new people and getting rid of the Sprint culture which caused so many issues.

  • riverhorse

    Trigger alert: someone please set out a buffet table chock full with Nestl`e Trollhouse Cookies for our soon-arriving outragees.

  • StankyChikin

    They said more jobs would be created, never said none would be lost.

  • Joss Edbrards

    Not only Sprint, but T-Mobile as well. However, T-Mobile is opening new positions as we speak.

  • AstroCud

    “Create” 5,000, eliminate 10,000….mergers are never for the benefit of the employee.

    • TheTruthIsOutThere

      mergers are never for the benefit of the employee

      Never benefits the customer either

  • Jetscreamer

    Don’t blame Tmo for this one. Nobody can predict mass layoffs after a big merger between two telecom. This is an industry first. Hopefully, future corporate mergers can learn from this.

    • Willie D

      You’re being facetious right? Im not even going to explain what TMo and Sprint promised. And everyone knows mergers = death of jobs

    • Pak T

      “The Communications Workers of America (CWA) opposed the T-Mobile and Sprint merger because it argued that the deal was likely to eliminate 30,000 jobs.”

      Yep, no one could have possibly predicted this. /s

      • marque2

        I am guessing in two years the net loss will be zero. TMobile is growing fast and needs the workers. The problem is Sprint workers are not part of the culture, so it is better to have them reapply and relearn or hire new people who can be more easily indoctrinated to the TMobile way.

    • Harlimus

      im guessing it had more to do with corona than the merger

  • InTheMuff

    As soon as the judge ok’d the merger, I wouldve been getting my ducks in a row if I was a sprint employee.
    Shoot, even if I was a tmobile employee as well.
    Just in case.

    I hope these ppl did exactly that.
    The writing was on the wall no matter what was said.

    I still believe in this merger as a positive move

  • Kevin

    Don’t tell me you didn’t see it coming.

  • mikeZo6

    Get rid of sprint totally ! Tmo bought them for 2.5 spectrum only

  • Nate

    As a former Altel employee I know first hand how all this works. Verizon bought Alltel wireless way back in 2008 and the merger took 2ish years for some things to come down the pipe. They laid off nearly all the Alltel staff once they started adding Verizon items to the store. After being fully converted to a Verizon store a year later they started hiring again. It’s hard to retrain retail employees and get them to be on the same team after a buyout. I never fully recovered because Alltel was very family oriented while Verizon could have cared less. Verizon came in and was all about numbers, not about the customers. So in summary, its very much the same! I will say every T-Mobile employee I’ve worked with says the company is awesome and they enjoy it.

    • Shaun Michalak

      When they Verizon became Verizon, the merged with GTE.. GTE was a friendly and nice place to work.. Bell South, which is the one that bought them out, was Verizon through and through.. Uncaring, greedy, all about numbers, etc.. My mom worked for GTE for years, and then worked for Verizon in the same position after they took over, and all that they did was go by Bell South’s rules.. I found after the merger, with us having service through them.. Home phone, DSL, and cell service, they started lying to us, and screwing us over every chance that they got.. For example, we paid for home wiring protection.. About 2 years after Verizon took over, one of the phones stopped working.. The line was old and brittle, and just needed replaced.. We had them come it to fix it, which we were still paying for.. and they refused to fix it on the condition that it was “GTE’s” wiring, not “Verizon’s”.. The sad part is, it probably would have taken them about 15 minutes to fix it.. and maybe $5 in parts.. Basically, it was just, disconnect it, run less then 50 feet of new cable, and reconnect it.. Straight through easy run.. Just tie the 2 ends together and pull.. I did it myself because they were going to charge me hundreds of dollars to do it.

  • Mike Smith

    Can’t get rid of the smell of Sprint fast enough!

  • Shaun Michalak

    I think that they are getting rid of Sprint customers due to differences in the contracts and stuff.. T-Mobile has said that they are more then happy to let them apply for the new positions, but the fact is, if the contracts, or union contracts (if there is one) are completely different, or the pay scale is different, then they may want to make them start over as a new employee, so that they can standardize all employees to the same pay scale, benefits, etc..

  • fentonr

    Certainly unfortunate for those employees that are losing their jobs, but not a surprise. Even if T-Mobile is going to have net added jobs, there are still going to be some jobs from both Sprint and T-Mobile that aren’t needed any more.

    • marque2

      That and this Covid thing has really cut back on retail employees.

  • Mike

    Watch the stock price of Tmobile as people are being laid off, I’d bet the share holders will be applauding this news with smiles on there faces.
    Also, alot of workers are already outsourced to overseas call centers, so don’t think those people will be effected.

  • SteveD

    Nobody ever said that there wouldn’t be a single layoff. Retail especially. Even without corona hitting you’re not going to maintain 2 stores within eyesight of one another.
    Next.. This is Business sales. Tmo has a business sales department. There are new jobs there. These folks can apply for those and other positions.
    Now.. The cynic in me can see this a a crappy way to kill seniority and drive down costs even if it’s a salary neutral move for these folks. A way to trim vacation and other grandfathered benefits that would have to be honored.

    However. I can also see it as a cultural move. You are less likely to bring old, bad habits with if you have to start from scratch than if you simply changed the logo on your employee ID. So I can see the benefit of such a move in adjusting the mindsets of people who were on a sinking ship and used to simply phoning it in while waiting for the corporate bankruptcy shoe to drop.