Oracle cut hundreds of marketing jobs

Oracle cut hundreds of marketing jobs last month, eliminating complete teams on the database, application server and collaboration suite side of the company, sources familiar with the cuts said.

As part of the cuts, Oracle's main public relations team was cut from about 30 to 20 people, the sources said.

The cuts were made on Oct. 13. Oracle at the time confirmed a "restructuring" in the marketing department, but would not specify the number of layoffs or provide further details, saying only that more information would be divulged as part of the company's quarterly earning announcements in early December.

Oracle spokeswoman Jennifer Glass on Friday declined to comment about layoff numbers and repeated that Oracle gives global headcount numbers at each earnings report. The changes in the marketing division were part of the normal course of fine-tuning the company, she said.

Insiders were expecting marketing to be hit after the appointment of Executive Vice President Chuck Phillips as head of the unit in July. The extent of the cuts, however, was larger than expected, the sources said. One source said 400 positions were cut, another said the cuts were in the hundreds. Most of the cuts were at Oracle's Redwood Shores, California, headquarters, they said.

Phillips, a former Wall Street analyst who joined Oracle in May, replaced 14-year Oracle veteran Mark Jarvis in an extended shake-up at the top of the database and application vendor. Phillips is known as a numbers watcher, not a marketing person.

Oracle employed 40,324 people worldwide as of Aug. 31, according to Glass. About 900 of those worked in the worldwide marketing group, a source within Oracle said.

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