Eau Claire Wisconsin Real Estate with Agent and Realtor® Shane O'GormanI originally posted this in my Eau Claire Wisconsin real estate blog.
I saw this article today and I still didnt see anyone post it. I really think everyone should take a look at this. I wonder if it has affected any Active Rain members yet? I know some of the employees of that company are members. Here is the story.
October 17, 2008 1:52 PM PDT
Zillow lays off 25 percent of staff
Zillow, the online resource to find out how much your home is worth, announced that it has laid off 25 percent of its workforce to prepare for what it expects will be an extremely severe economic environment.
"This week we are reducing our workforce by 25 percent, Rich Barton, Zillow's CEO said in a blog post. "This was an incredibly painful decision for me and the leadership team, but, in the end, we concluded that we had no choice but to securely batten down the hatches as we sail into a major economic storm.
"The unprecedented economic events that are playing out on a global stage began in our own industry and have made a prolonged recession likely, in our judgment," he added.
Barton went on to explain that despite having a sizable cash reserve, the company is still not profitable and the best move for Zillow at this juncture was to reduce employee expenses to "emerge from the other side of the recession in a very strong position, even if the recession lasts many years."
Barton was quick to point that his decision to cut staff was not the result of lackluster performance. According to the CEO, Zillow recorded 5.4 million unique visitors last month, which represented a 42 percent increase over the same period last year. And although that should improve its financial condition, Zillow is still losing money each month, which made these layoffs necessary.
Zillow is just the latest of many technology companies to announce layoffs over the past week.
Anyways it is obvious this has been a huge blow to the economy. Lesser known is the toll it is taking on the technology sector. I will post a story about some of the other areas that have been hard hit. It is a shame when anyone loses their job. I hope they will all be ok and another company will seek them out for their skills in the Seattle area. It would be very hard to move your whole family, especially when you have a house to sell first.