Western Digital Lays off 251 Employees

Western Digital Corp. is quietly cutting 251 employees statewide — including more than 100 at its San Jose headquarters — as part of a restructuring.

The computer storage maker informed state employment and local elected officials of the layoffs Nov. 9. The cuts affect workers at company locations in San Jose, Milpitas and Irvine. 

WDC is making the cuts as part of an effort to reduce operating costs in response to “challenging” economic conditions, company spokeswoman Robin Schultz said in an emailed statement. 

“We recognize and appreciate the contributions these employees have made to WDC and do not undertake these difficult changes lightly,” Schultz said in the statement. She continued: “We believe these changes will strengthen our global scale, allowing us to continue to provide high-quality products and solutions that play in every part of the technology ecosystem.”

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