ManpowerGroup to lay off 150 in Milwaukee

Automation and technology driving downsizing

Milwaukee-based ManpowerGroup will lay off 150 employees from its Milwaukee headquarters over the next three to 12 months, a spokesperson said this afternoon.

ManpowerGroup headquarters

ManpowerGroup’s global headquarters in downtown Milwaukee.

The global workforce solutions and staffing firm said automation and new technologies are driving the downsizing, since there are fewer manual business processes needed with recent advances. The move impacts certain jobs and skillsets, the company said.

“Like many organizations, we are investing in technology to deliver the competitive solutions our customers expect,” the company said in a statement. “We have great people and those that are impacted are being supported with outplacement and career transition benefits.”

ManpowerGroup is still one of the largest employers in Milwaukee, with about 900 employees at the headquarters downtown. It has 27,000 employees at 2,900 offices worldwide. Last spring, ManpowerGroup hired 100 new employees in Milwaukee as part of a new recruitment initiative.

The company’s fourth quarter revenue was below expectations, at $5 billion, flat from the fourth quarter of 2015.

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Milwaukee-based ManpowerGroup will lay off 150 employees from its Milwaukee headquarters over the next three to 12 months, a spokesperson said this afternoon.

ManpowerGroup headquarters

ManpowerGroup’s global headquarters in downtown Milwaukee.

The global workforce solutions and staffing firm said automation and new technologies are driving the downsizing, since there are fewer manual business processes needed with recent advances. The move impacts certain jobs and skillsets, the company said.

“Like many organizations, we are investing in technology to deliver the competitive solutions our customers expect,” the company said in a statement. “We have great people and those that are impacted are being supported with outplacement and career transition benefits.”

ManpowerGroup is still one of the largest employers in Milwaukee, with about 900 employees at the headquarters downtown. It has 27,000 employees at 2,900 offices worldwide. Last spring, ManpowerGroup hired 100 new employees in Milwaukee as part of a new recruitment initiative.

The company’s fourth quarter revenue was below expectations, at $5 billion, flat from the fourth quarter of 2015.

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Comments

  1. Maggie says:

    It occurs to me: how is laying people off due to technology and automation any different than sending jobs overseas, as in decades past? The rationale is the same: cheaper labor makes company X more competitive, and the net result is also the same: joblessness and the attendant issues that spiral from there. And if we thought it was hard ONshoring after decades of offshoring, imagine how hard it will be to “bring back” the jobs we are giving to robots.

    Perhaps a new conversation needs to be had, which is more of a philosophical one: “Just because we can, does it mean we should?” And if not automating is not an option, then an even deeper philosophical conversation needs to be undertaken, which is that of universal income. Why not do a pilot of such a concept with these 150 Manpower layoffs? Let’s take a PROACTIVE approach to this issue, which is only going to snowball and happen in nearly every company and in every industry, BEFORE it becomes an epidemic. I bet within 18 months most people would find new work, create start ups, become an entrepreneur, develop new products and services. Others might become more engaged mothers, fathers, mentors, coaches, civil servants or civic leaders.

    How about we start thinking differently and more creatively to solve the our problems? How about we consider new options and ideas for old issues? As we all know: We can’t solve problems using the same kind of thinking we used to create them…or have been using for decades to solve the problems that keep coming back in a new form.

    • John says:

      I’m a freelance IT worker and these companies just don’t get it. They are also outsourcing Intellectual Property (IP). Also, I find it humorous that work done in India is almost always sub standard, full of errors, spelling problems and frequently, I’m called on to fix their junk for $200 per hour.

  2. Angel Broadhead says:

    This is crap. They are outsourcing…AGAIN…

  3. Rajesh G says:

    TCS has successfully supplied Manpowers needs in this transaction.

    • Barbara G. says:

      No, TCS is not taking care of anyone’s needs. Your work is riddled with errors and it’s appalling that MP thinks your company, or any company in India, is a good choice.

  4. Sue says:

    What they aren’t saying is these are IT jobs going to India. They’ve been downsizing IT for the last 5 years. There is also a group in Tempe AZ losing their jobs as well.

    • Steve says:

      Sue is spot on! Our friend’s husband got his layoff notice as, indeed, IT jobs are being sent over to India!! This insures that the profits at Manpower will be maintained so the executives can continue to earn hundreds of times more than the workers who need these jobs. This is typical corporate American worker abuse. Shameful.

      • Karen says:

        It isn’t just IT that is being outsourced to India, it is Shared Services (payroll and collections) and Finance (Accounting & FP&A). The work TCS has done so far has been sub-par thus the reason why the original layoffs from last year are taking longer to occur than planned and many people had their terminations extended.

        So basically some things haven’t been working, just like when they originally cut IT a few years ago and called people back in that they had fired (Some of those people are now being let go again by the way, which is a terrible was to treat a human being,, who begs for someone to come back to then lay them off all over again?). They have people in India that do client offerings and the team in the U.S. has to check and fix them all the time. Many of the outsourcing projects aren’t working and just because upper management wants to outsource to save minimal amounts of money and make major shareholders happy, middle management is making is seem like it is working. Basically everyone is telling the powers that be what they want to hear.