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The Art of Layoffs at AT&T
Clutching his last six performance evaluations, the man in his 40s walked crying into the office of Howard McNally, a former chief operating officer at AT&T. Why, he asked, was he being let go after so many outstanding reviews?


AT&T Inc. is among the two largest U.S. telecommunications carriers, providing wireline and wireless voice, data, Internet and video service to customers in 22 states.

The company's largest subsidiary, AT&T Mobility, is the second-largest wireless carrier in the U.S. by both sales and subscriptions, after Verizon Wireless Inc. AT&T Mobility has seen strong growth as the exclusive U.S. carrier for iPhone wireless users.

As it continues to lose traditional wireline phone customers and its wireless growth slows, AT&T is moving aggressively to offer cable TV service.

Randall Stephenson replaced longtime AT&T CEO Edward Whitacre Jr. in 2007. Whitacre went on to become the chairman of General Motors in 2009.


AT&T Inc. has laid off 600 employees since the beginning of 2010.

In 2009, the company was named one of the Most Desirable Employers and one of the Best Places to Launch a Career by BusinessWeek magazine.

Through the company's Job Shadow Initiative,17,000 employees in 228 cities have helped reach 48,000 students through career-related activities that help motivate them to stay in school and achieve success.


AT&T Inc. recruits for the following divisions: engineering, retail, IT, corporate support, customer services and business sales.

Newly-hired employees are encouraged to take part in instructor-led AT&T classes, self-paced web courses and web conferences.

The company actively recruits at universities for its leadership-development program and a summer internship, which provide hands-on training for lasts 10-12 weeks.

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