Intel slashes wages, bonuses after disastrous quarterly results

Intel slashes wages, bonuses after disastrous quarterly results

Intel shocked workers Tuesday night with phrase that it’s sharply reducing worker compensation after reporting miserable financial results last week.

The chipmaker stated it should slash base pay for workers above its midlevel ranks by no less than 5% efficient March 1, in keeping with workers who heard the corporate’s announcement. Vice presidents will take a ten% minimize, extra senior executives could have a 15% haircut, and CEO Pat Gelsinger will get a 25% discount in his base pay.

Hourly workers aren’t getting a pay minimize and annual bonuses will stay. But Intel is reducing different incentives for all workers efficient instantly.

It has suspended benefit raises for all workers, suspended quarterly profit-sharing bonuses and worker recognition applications, and minimize 401(okay) retirement plan matching funds by half, to 2.5%.

“These modifications are designed to affect our govt inhabitants extra considerably and can assist assist the investments and general workforce wanted to speed up our transformation and obtain our long-term technique,” Intel spokesperson Will Moss stated in a written assertion. “We are grateful to our workers for his or her dedication to Intel and persistence throughout this time as we all know these modifications are usually not simple.”

The web site SemiAnalysis first reported Intel’s pay cuts, which observe on the heels of layoffs Intel introduced final fall. Intel hasn’t disclosed how many individuals misplaced their jobs in Oregon, its largest website, however the firm reported greater than 500 layoffs in California.

The chipmaker sought to eradicate $3 billion in spending amid a steep fall in microprocessor demand from PC producers and information middle operators throughout 2022.

Intel’s outlook has continued to darken. The firm reported Thursday that gross sales had been down 32% final quarter, and it expects a 40% drop in income this quarter in comparison with the identical interval a yr in the past.

“We notice that we stumbled, we misplaced share, we misplaced momentum,” Gelsinger instructed Wall Street analysts final week. But he indicated that Intel believes the worst is over: “We really feel that stabilized this yr.”

Investment analysts have warned that Intel’s “atrocious” monetary results may immediate the corporate to cut back its quarterly dividend, which might set off a significant selloff within the inventory.

Cutting worker compensation might assist shore up Intel’s funds with out extra layoffs, however it might additionally push staff to go away the corporate for brand new jobs. Stock-based compensation represents an vital portion of Intel’s whole pay bundle, and staff had already been contending with a pointy decline in Intel’s share worth.

Intel shares closed Tuesday at $28.26, just a little greater than half as useful as they had been final spring.

Tuesday’s information can also be sure to devastate morale.

Employees stated Gelsinger delivered the message in a somber, companywide handle Tuesday night. They stated he sought to rally workers by referencing laborious occasions Intel endured in the course of the Eighties, earlier than it emerged because the world’s dominant chipmaker. He prompt the cuts may very well be reversed if Intel’s fortunes enhance.

Intel misplaced the pole place within the trade over the previous few years after a succession of producing stumbles, and it’s removed from clear whether or not Gelsinger can engineer one other comeback. The firm has dedicated to spend billions of {dollars} on new factories in Arizona, Ohio and Europe and says it has picked up its tempo for introducing new generations of its chip applied sciences.

But rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. continues to make its personal advances, and lots of different chip corporations, amongst them AMD and NVIDIA, contract with TSMC to make their chips. That has enabled them to take market share from Intel even because the broader market cools.

Intel didn’t say what number of staff qualify for the pay cuts, however Intel’s compensation construction is weighted closely towards its higher ranks. The reductions could have a profound affect in Oregon, residence to Intel’s most superior analysis and greater than 20,000 workers.

In a tough calculation, state economist Josh Lehner estimated Intel’s pay cuts might cut back Oregon’s mixture wages by $150 million to $200 million – about 0.15% of all wages statewide.

— Mike Rogoway | [email protected] | 503-294-7699

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