Pure Storage lays off staffers

Pure Storage has laid off some of its 3,350 staff, with reports pegging the number at around 100 people, which the firm has yet to confirm.

Barrons reports 3 per cent while a poster in Thelayoff.com has claimed the figure was higher.

A statement from Pure said: “As Pure continues to scale and maintain a record of high growth and innovation, we recently completed a workforce rebalancing initiative to align our employees with company priorities and areas that are strategic to the business. The employees affected by this initiative were encouraged to seek other open positions within the company and we also put support in place to aid them through the workforce transition if seeking a new role outside of Pure.”

In its latest Q4 results, Pure reported said its staff headcount had gone up from 2,800 to 3,350 in the nine months leading up to October 31 2019, and sales revenue increased 17 per cent y/y to $429m, with a GAAP net loss of $29m and an acquisition of 500 new customers.

Recent leavers include:

  • Feb 2020 – Kyle Keller, founding mid-west sales engineer, left to join Sirius Computer Solutions as sales director.
  • Jan 2020 – Alex D’Anna (VP EMEA Sales Engineering) joined Snowflake in same position.
  • Jan 2020 – Mike Canavan, VP Global Sales for FlashBlade joined Pavilion Data Systems as its chief revenue officer.

There is no posting by Pure on the California WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) system up to February 25, 2020, meaning fewer than 50 of the posts were lost in the state where the storage firm is headquartered. There are more than 100 Pure job openings on boards.greenhouse.io.