Adobe Shutters Operations for a Week to Cut Costs

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2009-06-30 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Adobe Systems has shuttered its North American operations for the week of June 29 in a cost-cutting maneuver, according to published reports. Having already closed for one week this year, Adobe will shut down again in the fourth quarter.

Adobe Systems has shuttered its North American operations for the week of June 29 in a cost-cutting maneuver, according to published reports.

The San Jose Mercury News has reported that Adobe shut down to cut costs as sales have declined in the recession.

In addition, the Mercury News reported that Adobe earlier in the year announced plans to shut down for a week in each of the second, third and fourth quarters of 2009. The company already closed for a week in April of this year, and is slated to shut down for another week in the fourth quarter of the year. The Mercury News reported that Adobe has asked its employees to use their paid vacation time during the closures.

Adobe has seen a decline is in revenues over the last two quarters. According to the company's most recent earnings results:

"In the second quarter of fiscal 2009, Adobe achieved revenue of $704.7 million, compared to $886.9 million reported for the second quarter of fiscal 2008 and $786.4 million reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2009."

Moreover, a Bloomberg report said:

"The company has frozen salaries, trimmed bonuses and variable compensation plans, and curbed travel expenses, Chief Executive Officer Mark Garrett said in an April interview. In December, the company fired about 8 percent of the workforce to help rein in costs during the economic slump."

Adobe did not comment on how many workers will be impacted by the shutdowns. The company also did not say how much money it expects to save through the closures. 

 
 
 
 
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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