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Is Veritas set to trim more Aussie staff?

Is Veritas set to trim more Aussie staff?

Rumours of further closures abound after the company cut dozens of staff in its Sydney office

Rumours of further closures within Veritas' local footprint have emerged after the storage management vendor reportedly cut more than 60 roles in Sydney.

As reported by The Register on 15 September, the storage vendor appears to be in the process of shrinking its Sydney office, with about 68 employees impacted by the company's local restructure.

According to sources, Veritas vice president of services and support, Rick Valentine, was in town to deliver news of the structural changes to staff and, shortly after, it is understood that all front line support operations and advanced front line support engineer roles would cease.

It is understood that only back line support engineers - about 15 staff - will remain to continue providing support for the Sydney office.

ARN also understands that there will no longer be any phone, email or webex support provided out of Sydney, with 24 September set as the final date for the Sydney team to take on new cases.

It should be noted that Veritas has not confirmed the numbers of its employees that have been affected or the finer details of the local structural changes.

A spokesperson for the company told ARN that Veritas made a decision to restructure its Sydney operations.

“Veritas continually reviews its real estate holdings in an effort to streamline its operations worldwide,” the spokesperson said.

“While Veritas remains committed to maintaining a site in Sydney, some technical support and administrative roles may be impacted, pending the consultation and redeployment period which has now started.”

Now, sources indicate that rumours regarding the closure of other "high cost" centres operated by the vendor have emerged. At this stage, however, they remain rumours.

Regardless, it is clear that the company is making big changes to its operations around the world, including the local market.

A Veritas spokesperson told ARN that the company, "is still determining how best to align Veritas sites to our evolving portfolio needs and product development strategy, while considering the impact to employees, customers, partners, local jurisdictions, and our overall business".

"Veritas continually reviews its real estate holdings in an effort to streamline its operations worldwide," the spokesperson said.

This is in the context of the company's efforts to deploy a "more sustainable product development strategy globally".

"This strategy is designed, in part, to attract top talent with desired skills in emerging areas of focus for Veritas," the spokesperson said. "It is also focused on providing the best opportunities for our existing highly skilled engineering talent."

Earlier this year, Veritas CEO, Bill Coleman, signalled the vendor's intentions to become a publicly listed company, which was bought out by the Carlyle Group from its previous parent company, Symantec, for US$8 billion in 2015.

Veritas officially split from Symantec in early 2016, when the sale of the company closed.

Sources suggest that the company is currently seeing "big moves" by upper management, possibly head of the potential initial public offering (IPO).

While the company may be bidding farewell to some of its local employee footprint, it has also picked up a few new additions recently, hiring former Brennan IT consulting and services general manager, Luke McLean, as its new director of consulting services in the Pacific.

The vendor also announced two new appointments earlier this month, with former Gigamon worldwide channel sales vice president, Barbara Spicek, signing on as Veritas' vice president of global channels and alliances, and  former Dell EMC product management vice president, David Noy, taking on the role as vice president of product management.

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