Siebel Cuts 800 Jobs, Plans to Close Sales.com Despite Strong Q1

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Siebel Systems, the customer relationship management software giant, dropped 800 employees late Wednesday and said that it would shut down its Sales.com subsidiary despite seeing its first-quarter 2001 net income more than double over the same period last year.


The San Mateo, CA-based company cut more than 10 percent of its 7,400-employee work force and predicted a softer market for its applications this year. The company also eliminated executive bonuses and cut salaries by 20 percent for senior vice presidents and above.


In a letter to customers, Siebel also said Sales.com, a Web-based sales force automation service that Siebel had tried to spin off as a separate company, would cease operations June 30. Tom Siebel, founder and chairman/CEO of Siebel, said the company was making necessary moves to continue delivering profits despite the weak economic environment.


The news came despite a banner first quarter for Siebel, in which net income rose to $76.9 million this year from $35.3 million during first quarter 2000, an increase of 118 percent. Income growth was driven by new business from several clients, including AT&T Wireless, Lufthansa Cargo and IBM.


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