“Move or find a new job” is what Verizon Wireless is telling about 3,000 of its employees.
Verizon, the largest wireless carrier in the US, announced Wednesday it is closing five of its company’s customer call centers, but plans to find jobs for all those who are affected. If employees don’t want to move or can’t find other jobs within the company, they will receive severance packages. The closings are supposed to be completed by May.
The timing of these changes, which include ending some jobs and changing others, coincide with other popular wireless carriers, such as AT&T Inc., Sprint Corp, and T-Mobile US Inc., attempting to lure customers away from Verizon by offering cheap plans. Verizon denies that their new plans have anything to do with what their competitors are doing.
Verizon also denies that the closures are a way to save money, as the company plans on filling all of the vacant positions. However, closing five centers could still cut down some costs for the company.
About four percent of the company’s 73,000 employees will be affected by the closings. The offices that are closing are located in Alpharetta, Ga.; Cranberry Woods and Warnerville, Pa.; Hanover, Md.; Irvine, Calif.; and Meriden and Wallingford, Conn.
An additional 2,200 employees are being relocated to different office buildings that are within a short drive of their current locations.
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