VMware has confirmed that the company has laid off some employees, but didn't say how many or from what areas of its business.
The layoffs were on the heels of VMware's deal to buy Pivotal Software for $2.7 billion last year, along with other acquisitions such as Carbon Black. Prior to those deals, VMware had 24,200 employees in 125 offices worldwide as of Feb. 1, 2019.
CRN reported that layoffs included several hundred employees on a global basis.
"We can confirm that there have been a limited number of changes to our workforce this month. This is a part of regular workforce rebalancing that ensures resources across VMware’s global businesses and geographies are aligned with strategic objectives and customer needs. We have an active employee support program to ensure, where possible, impacted employees will be redeployed to open roles within VMware," VMware said in a statement. "We continue to recruit in areas of strategic importance for the company."
VMware also said in its email to FierceTelecom that the company has more than 1,250 job openings listed on its career page, and that it "continues to recruit in areas of strategic importance for the company."
"We are rebalancing some areas of our business to align to our top growth priorities, which resulted in some positions being eliminated. This is not uncommon in the fast-changing technology industry," VMware said. "For employees that were impacted, we are making every effort to find them new positions either at VMware or externally. We are committed to working together with impacted employees to ease the transition. This includes providing placement services and dedicated recruiters.
Last Friday, a federal jury in Delaware found that VMware has to pay damages of $236 million to Densify for infringing on two of Densify's patents. VMware has said it plans to appeal that finding.