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Netscape/AOL Layoffs Occur: 850 Jobs Lost

Wednesday March 31st, 1999

Well, folks, the news is in. The layoffs have occurred; Netscape and AOL each lost 425 employees. Click here for an article at the San Jose Mercury News.

MozillaZine would like to say to all of those we know who were laid off that we'll miss them, and we wish them well in their futures. Thanks for all your selfless help and work.


#1 Re:Netscape/AOL Layoffs Occur: 850 Jobs Lost

by Chris Knoll <knolL@eclipse.net>

Thursday April 1st, 1999 8:09 AM

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Were any of those 425 developers?

-Chris

#2 Re:Netscape/AOL Layoffs Occur: 850 Jobs Lost

by rgelb <nospam@nospam.com>

Thursday April 1st, 1999 9:50 AM

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One of the articles said that it was only accounting types who would duplicate the effort done by the AOL admin people.

#3 Re:Netscape/AOL Layoffs Occur: 850 Jobs Lost

by Paul Festa <paulf@cnet.com>

Thursday April 1st, 1999 11:37 AM

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According to my story (which you could have read four hours before the Merc story was posted ;-) there were no engineers or developers cut.

(<http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,34500,00.html>)

Sorry to be off topic, but I'm working on a story about Mozilla looking toward year 2. If you have comments/perspective you want to share before noon (ASAP actually) today (Thursday), drop me some email at <paulf@cnet.com>.

#4 Re:Netscape/AOL Layoffs Occur: 850 Jobs Lost

by mozineAdmin

Thursday April 1st, 1999 12:58 PM

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Well, this is not quite true. There was at least one engineer-type cut that I know of.

#5 Re:Netscape/AOL Layoffs Occur: 850 Jobs Lost

by paul festa <paulf@cnet.com>

Thursday April 1st, 1999 4:13 PM

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OK--please let me know more. AOL told me otherwise--would like to get this ironed out with them.

#6 Re:Netscape/AOL Layoffs Occur: 850 Jobs Lost

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Thursday April 1st, 1999 4:41 PM

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I just read on c|net that Jamie Zawinski quit.

#7 Re:Netscape/AOL Layoffs Occur: 850 Jobs Lost

by __

Thursday April 1st, 1999 6:30 PM

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Anyone noticed? mozilla.org server seems to be down.

#8 Jamie Zawinski

by zeppr

Thursday April 1st, 1999 8:37 PM

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I hope that is just an april fool's joke...

A sad day for Netscape/Mozilla followers.

#9 Jamie Zawinski

by zeppr

Thursday April 1st, 1999 8:56 PM

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I hope that is just an april fool's joke...

A sad day for Netscape/Mozilla followers.

#10 No joke about Jamie Zawinski

by Niels Larsen

Thursday April 1st, 1999 11:13 PM

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<http://www.jwz.org/gruntle>

see top two texts.

#11 No joke about Jamie Zawinski

by Niels Larsen

Thursday April 1st, 1999 11:22 PM

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<http://www.jwz.org/gruntle>

see top two texts.

#12 Re:Netscape/AOL Layoffs Occur: 850 Jobs Lost

by JAN_FROM_APPLE

Friday April 2nd, 1999 4:47 PM

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i hope they laid off the horrible, horrible "qa department" there.

#13 Re:Netscape/AOL Layoffs Occur: 850 Jobs Lost

by Jim Race <race@netscape.com>

Friday April 2nd, 1999 10:21 PM

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Gee. That would be wise. Lay off QA. Listen, if you have a problem with the browser, submit a bug. But don't wish anyone laid off.

#14 Re:Netscape/AOL Layoffs Occur: 850 Jobs Lost

by Laid off Nscp employee (eng)

Saturday April 3rd, 1999 9:56 AM

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There were cuts in engineering at several departments - that includes Netcenter, Server and Client division. Engineering cuts affected QA, core and other engineering disciplines. AOL downplays this because: 1) It is true that engineering cuts were less significant than others. 2) For AOL it is favorable news to say there were no layoffs in engineering.

But there were, oh yes. Off hand I know about 6 friends of mine who were hit, all of them engineers.

#15 Re:Netscape/AOL Layoffs Occur: 850 Jobs Lost

by LD1 <ldavis17@bellsouth.net>

Sunday April 4th, 1999 6:53 PM

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AS A LONGTIME NETSCAPE USER I WAS BOTHERED BY AOL SHOVING THERE PRODUCT INTO A NO CHOICE TAKE IT OR LV IT SITUATION WITH YOUR BROWSERS. I STILL USE NETSCAPE 3.4 GOLD THANKGOD BECAUSE AOL didn't get to that archive yet.GO BACK TO THE OLD WAYS OF BIZ NOT WITH A CO. THAT IS GOING TO PRODUCE USELESS NON COMPATIBLE GARBAGE. AOL IS NOWHERE AS AN INNOVATOR AND NOW THERE PUTTING YOU OUT OF WORK TO BOOT!!

#16 Re:Netscape/AOL Layoffs Occur: 850 Jobs Lost

by LD1 <ldavis17@bellsouth.net>

Sunday April 4th, 1999 6:53 PM

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AS A LONGTIME NETSCAPE USER I WAS BOTHERED BY AOL SHOVING THERE PRODUCT INTO A NO CHOICE TAKE IT OR LV IT SITUATION WITH YOUR BROWSERS. I STILL USE NETSCAPE 3.4 GOLD THANKGOD BECAUSE AOL didn't get to that archive yet.GO BACK TO THE OLD WAYS OF BIZ NOT WITH A CO. THAT IS GOING TO PRODUCE USELESS NON COMPATIBLE GARBAGE. AOL IS NOWHERE AS AN INNOVATOR AND NOW THERE PUTTING YOU OUT OF WORK TO BOOT!!

#17 Re:Netscape/AOL Layoffs Occur: 850 Jobs Lost

by arielb

Monday April 5th, 1999 4:21 AM

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gecko is useless non-compatible and non-innovative? yeah right

#18 Re:Netscape/AOL Layoffs Occur: 850 Jobs Lost

by Kovu <Kovu401@netscape.net>

Monday April 5th, 1999 10:36 PM

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learn how to use a computer, then come back and post your drivel ONCE, not twice, THANKS.