Nokia to cut thousands of jobs, Google reminds it is hiring

By on February 11, 2011, 12:50 PM
Part of the announcement that Nokia has switched its primary smartphone platform to Windows Phone is that the Symbian mobile operating system is being slowly phased out. As a result, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop confirmed the company will be cutting jobs. In Finland, the numbers may be quite significant.

"You're talking about 20,000 people, it's a big number," Mauri Pekkarinen, Minister for Economic Affairs, said in a statement. "We're talking about far and away the biggest process of structural change that Finland has ever seen in the new technology sector." The Finnish government said it will help people find new jobs. Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks employed some 132,000 people at the end of 2010. 19,800 of those reside in Finland, and more than 6,000 people work for Nokia's research and development in four Finnish cities.

Soon after it became clear that many Nokia employees would be losing their jobs, Google took the opportunity to step in. Google EMEA recruiter Aidan Biggins used Twitter to remind Nokia software engineers that the search giant has job openings: "Any Nokia software engineers need a job? We're hiring:"

Google hasn't exactly had words of support for the Nokia and Microsoft partnership; for example, the company attacked the two with a clever bird analogy just yesterday. More importantly, we don't think Nokia employees will get any sort of special treatment during Google recruitment. The company is already seeing a record number of job applications and it has to be extremely picky as it is.

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MrAnderson said:

Although I have not read anything contray to Nokia not doing any Android phones, I think it will be completely lame for them to primarily make Windows Phone 7 phones.

There is opportunity for them to help Microsoft move the development of the new OS in a better direction, keeping it even more competitive with the competition. More frequent updates and fixes hopefully. Opeing up development closer to the metal like with .NET rather than just silverlight and XNA...

I wonder how down sizing such a large work force will affect the market... I guess they are trying to stem the tide of decline, and will settle for enought to keep profitable rather than trying to stay tops...

Guest said:

Even though sometimes change is important in one's life, why won't the Finnish government elements go find a new job, too?

yowanvista yowanvista said:

Firing Symbian Devs?

Guest said:

It is very sad. I was looking forward to a Nokia device with Android. Oh, well. To bad.

I am sure they will have mega success with Microsoft telling them what to do.

Guest said:

former Nokia engineer Ari Jaaski, who joined HP's WebOS team in October, posted the following to his blog under the title "You CAN Make A Difference":

Guest said:

Elop is going exclusively with Windows Phone. Bad choice - this will mark the final step towards Nokia ending in the bit bucket.

Symbian is a good OS. Meego had a lot of potential.

Guest said:

In fact, Symbian sucks hard.

aj_the_kidd said:

The win7 deal better pay off, which it will, MS has the bankroll and resources to make it successful (disregard the Kin)

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