Hundreds of Sprint employees have lost their jobs as the new T-Mobile streamlines its operations, according to a report. The layoffs were announced Tuesday by James Kirby, T-Mobile VP, according to TechCrunch, which cited leaked audio of a call made to employees. The layoffs follow T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion merger with Sprint, which went through on April 1.
T-Mobile confirmed the job cuts in a blog post Tuesday, but didn’t say how many roles are going. The merged carrier will be adding 5,000 new positions over the next year across retail, care, business, engineering and network organizations.
“As part of this process, some employees who hold similar positions are being asked to consider a career change inside the company,” T-Mobile said. “Others will be supported in their efforts to find a new position outside the company. We will work with all employees and support them. We do not have numbers to share. We have committed to complete this process by the end of June.”
Jobs were reportedly cut across Sprint’s small-business sales unit and will wind up on Aug. 13. Employees who were cut have been invited to apply for one of the 200 new roles being created as a result of the merger, TechCrunch said.
T-Mobile didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.