Wistron Mass Layoff

Wistron Infocomm Philippines is under the umbrella company of Acer Information in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Wistron Infocomm Philippines is formerly known as Acer Information Philippines and is recognized to be a top earner and top tax contributor in SBMA. The beautifully landscaped area is home to three buildings: the Admin building, the Desktop building and the Mobile building. Desktop and Mobile are actually production plants.

The Desktop building used to produce desktop computers. The plant was shutdown in late 2001 when desktop operation was transferred in China. Now, the Customer Service Department occupies this building. On the other hand, the Mobile plant produces laptop until the operation was transferred in China. For two years now, smart phones are being produced and is the main source of income for Wistron.

Wistron, as a company, was able to beat the threat of unionizing, several attempted closures and high manufacturing cost. Since 2002, cost cutting measures were implemented. For the keen observers, it was a signal that Wistron was not doing well financially speaking. Then came the transfer of desktop operations in China where the labor cost is said to be much cheaper. The pioneers in Wistron were the most optimistic and most loyal to the company. It was the pioneer group who kept the balance by assuring the doubting Thomases that just like any other crisis, it would just pass.

But did it? How can they explain the mass layoff of 500 regular employees this morning of January 20, 2009? It was so sudden; employees were not able to prepare. They were given five minutes to stay in the company premises and then, they were escorted out of Wistron compound where a shuttle bus is waiting. Police and SWAT were reportedly visible in the area. January 20, 2009 became the mourning day of Wistron Infocomm Philippines.

Surely, the one million desktop production in year 2000 will just be a memory. There will no longer be a queue in the metal detector area, canteen and ATM area. They will no longer see familiar faces, hear familiar voices and smell familiar scents. Definitely, the ones left behind will be insecure of their future in Wistron. The once top tax contributor in SBMA will be nothing but a history.

The global economic crisis can now be felt. God bless the Philippines. God bless the world!

69 thoughts on “Wistron Mass Layoff

  1. Hi Iris, I think kenneth is refering to the year: “January 20, 2008 became the mourning day of Wistron Infocomm Philippines.”

    I hav a friend na buong magdamag iniyakan ang pagkakatanggal nya sa Winstron kahit 150K natanggap nya.

    Would you allow some or all portions of this article re-posted in the SubicBayNews? then pointed to your url? it will be sent to almost 800 regular readers of SBN

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  2. Hi Kenneth/Ed/Juandelacruz,

    Thanks for the correction! I’ve changed the date from Jan. 20, 2008 to Jan. 20, 2009.

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  3. Hi Ed,

    Yes, you may post this article.

    Actually, I’m a former employee of WPH and
    personally, I have nothing against its management.
    There were lapses but overall, it was tolerable for me.
    The article is not meant to harm Wistron; being an
    ex-Wistron employee, I feel for those who were retrenched.
    Those were my former colleagues and most of them did not
    come from a well-off family. Losing a job in this
    trying time would really knock one’s sanity off.

    And of course, it couldn’t be denied that there
    was a time when Wistron really stood out from
    the rest of the companies in SBMA. That added more
    to my nostalgia.

    I do not blame the management for their decision.
    Every business has its own strategies to survive.
    I believe that Wistron could have retained more of
    its employees had the global economic crisis did not
    happen.

    But you know, there is always something good out
    of something that is bad. Ex-Wistron employees are
    not just sympathethic of our ex-colleagues but those
    who are in a better position now are willing to help
    them find new job. It’s not just camaraderie; it’s
    unity and love. Nice, isn’t it?

    ~iRiS

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  4. No Problem, I am also an ex-Wistron employee, this unfortunate event make me feel sad for my ex-colleague over there in Wistron.

    Hi Iris, kindly check this line again, “January 20, 2008 became the mourning day of Wistron Infocomm Philippines.”

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  5. hello irish, very good information. btw (January 20, 2008 became the mourning day of Wistron Infocomm Philippines) please correct the year..

    kakalungot talaga yong araw na yon at taong ito..
    sana matapos na crisis sa mundo..

    btw currently wistron here thank God I survive and hopefully for the good..

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  6. hello iris,

    sorry mali, i’m from EDA and i hope we still not be affected by the layoff if the economic crisis will continue.

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  7. Johnbr,

    Is it the same as PCB Layout? I came from MP1E30 under the leadership of Mr. Sheu.
    I think I still have some friends in your department like Juvy. I dunno if Mr. Lin is still the boss there. He’s a really funny guy!
    😉

    ~iRiS

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  8. yeah same as PCB layout.. Juvy and C.W. Lin is still here..you said it he is really funny hehe and a good boss…
    more power to you keep it up…

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  9. I’m a former employee of Wistron (MPH150) 2006.

    YUng mga kilala kong line leaders and foreman sa production ang naunang na layoff. pero at may nakuha mga 100 K at least.

    that’s life…

    malamang payat at maliit n tyan ni sir ANdy!!!!!!

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  10. To Allen:

    I’m not familiar of your department.MPH100 ang alam ko. 🙂

    Hindi ko naging boss si Sir Andy though yung mga naiwang mga IE, naging boss sya.

    100K is okay pag single ka at walang sinusustentuhang pamilya. Pero if you have two kids attending college, bale wala yun. And yes, be thankful pa rin at may nakuha kesa sa zero, debah? I’m still optimistic na kaya pang mag-extend ng Wistron sa Pinas. Sana talaga….

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  11. so sad that wistron get affectd by the global crisis.. we shouldn’t blame tne management, surely they tried everything to prevent mass layoff..maybe the employees also had their share of corruptions.. hindi b nalugi dahil sa tlamak n nakawan, from sd’s to memory cards to cellphones?! wag n taung magmaang maangan, madameng unit ang nailabas at nanakaw ng mga contractual n lalaki at maging ng maga regular employees n din, n for me, one of the reasons kung bkit naapektuhan agad ng global crisis ang napakalaking company gaya ng wistron… invetigate on this please, i pity my niece who work there, she’s the breadwinner of the family, a really hardworking daughter, kpag ntangal xa sa hirap mghanap ng trabaho. kawawa sila, and i know she’s not the only one with the same sentiment..

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  12. To Ryan:

    It’s true na may nakawan sa Wistron. Nabwisit nga ako dyan ng idamay nila ang then bf ko eh samantalang nagtatrabaho yun ng maayos. Ang mga small-time lang naman ang nahuhuli nila. Yung naglabas ng isang laptop, yung naglabas ng isang packing tape. Pero yung 5M worth of CPU, nakita ba? Wala! Ang nakakainis pa neto, puro camera sa vicinity ng Wistron pero NALULUSUTAN pa. Ano iisipin mo dun, debah?

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  13. JANUARY 20, 2009? date wherein some of my ex-co-wistron employee will not forget. WALANG MEETING, TINAWAG SA PAMAMAGITAN NG KALABIT AT PAG KAWAY, WITH ESCORT FROM PRODUCTION, DINALA SA ISANG ROOM FOR YOU PARA BASAHIN YUNG GUIDELINES FOR RETRENCHMENT AND HOW MUCH AMOUNT YOU WILL RECEIVED,WITH ESCORT AGAIN FROM LOBBY GOING TO LOCKER AREA PARA KUNIN LAHAT NG GAMIT at may maraming lalaki na may dalang baril.eto po ba ang tama at dapat na gawin para sa amin na for almost and if not more than a DECADE of LOYALTY SERVICES we rendered. NAGTATANONG LANG NAMAN? Salamat po sa mga nagmamalasakit.

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  14. to grace bombales:

    Yes, I feel for you and to those who experienced the same treatment. I was a loyal employee, too until I realized that I wouldn’t grow there as an employee. There were some people in authority there who suck but majority of the people that I left in 2006 were nice.

    God Bless!

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  15. hi galing din ako wistron….may mga fren ako natangal at may naiwan,nagtataka lng ako bkit hnd nasbi ssa mga empleyado na tatangalin n cla?tama bang pagtatangal yun?sabi pa ng iba base daw sa performance,pero may natangal daw na BEST EMPLOYEE…totoo po ba un? tingin ko lang po,paano po kaya pagbubutihin ng mga naiwan un performance nila kung kahit good quality at performance ang ilaan nla e tangalin din cla?tanong lng po sana may sumagot

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  16. hi iris,

    i’m from SMT MP1E20..a lot of my friend suffered the same consequences.im hoping that they would be thinking that everything is for a good chance.as of the moment, spend wisely the amount they’ve recieved.bka naman mag celebrate pa sa blue note disco?(yan pa rin ba name nya sa gapo), or kumain sa gerry’s grill or mag happy,happy sa pier one? spend it wisely na lang..

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    • Hi Sonny,

      When did you resign? I wonder why I didn’t see you there; we’re supposed to belong to the same MP1EXX family.

      I can’t remember Blue Note’s new name. (Pardon me, I was never hooked into Gapo’s lively night life.)

      ~IRIS~

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      • hi iris,
        haha.. di ka pla nakkapasyal sa gapo…pano namang anjan lang ang mga nightlife eh di ka man lang ever nakapasok sa mga bar na yan?..ahh siguro bakod ka ng BF mo..o strict ang parents mo.. by the way ka batch ko yan si sonny uy.. we were assigned before in desktop SMT but nagclose sya in 2001 so nalipat ako sa mobile before 2001 ata yun..nag resign ako 2002..3 yrs din ako nagwork jan.. nakakaawa nga dun sa mga naging loyal kase they stick to wistron..formerly ACER gang maabutan nila mass lay off.. nung anjan ako..nakaramdam nko na di ako maggrow jan so i shift field..though I was assigned as Process Engineer before.. dami ko rin kapalpakan jan..nyahahaha..cguro dahil di ako concentrated..naalala ko pa nung natulog kmi somewhere in second floor which is restricted sa min dahil di naman kami nakaassigned don..hahaha.. imagine first time ko nagloko sa trabaho..muntik pako mahuli ng IS..wahahaha..pero maintenance lang kmi ng mga SMT machines non kase walang production.. I wonder where is sonny now?.. my prayer is that these affected people will somehow find a better job in quickest possible..

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      • At that time, my then bf was the one who introduced me to night life. Kaso di ko talaga feel ang pagba-bar.Hehehe….

        Process Engr ka under ni Tony S?

        Loyal din ako sa Wistron. Kaso dumating ang point na pakiramdam ko, hindi ako nabibigyan ng chance mag-grow. Until now,

        love ko pa rin Wistron. Pati nga laptop na gamit ko ngayon ay Acer! Hehehehehe…..

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      • haha.. talagang ur so proud of wistron ha.. Yeah sa desktop we we’re under Tony S.. and nalipat sa mobile plant under ke Benjamin Chang nga ba yun..? mas gusto ko si Benjamin kesa ke Tony Shue..Ke Benjamin na ko naging Process Engr.. well cguro kanya kanyang trip lang yan.. di mo trip mag bar.. lam mo ung 100k na binigay kung meron man is not enough.. ubos agad yan.. sa dami ng necessities.. nangyari kase ung mga luxuries bilis nag evolve and turned into pangangailangans..gaya na lang ng aircon..noon, di ba nabubuhay tayo ng walang aircon but now sobrang init na kya required talaga a/c sa bahay.. location mo iris?

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      • Naku, speaking of aircon, kaka-install lang din ng aircon sa isang room namin. Napakainit ngayon eh Ber Month na kaya.

        Location ko?Sta Maria, Bulacan—binagyo din dito—
        Ikaw?

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  17. Sad to hear this news and kindly share more information if Wistron Infocomm is doing fine now a days. Just want to get some outside opinions. I might be joining Wistron group if…… 🙂 Thanks

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  18. The employees at the Grapevine Wistron are the most rudest people I have ever met in my life. I had a problem and I was what they thought I was on hold. WRONG. I talked to a person her name was Amanda she took my call/order. She was one of the rudest people. I over heard her say I don’t want to talk to this asshole right now. I am to busy to deal with this jerk right now. This lady needs to get in a different line of work. She has no business being on the telephone.

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    • Hi Trisha,

      If you’re referring to Acer Information Philippines, 2001 pa nagpalit ng pangalan yun during the HR leadership of Faye Molina-de Vera. Wistron Infocomm Philippines ang ipinalit na pangalan for marketing strategy reasons. Wala akong news na magko-close na ang WPH ngayong taon na ‘to although nagkaroon nga ng isang malakihang pagle-lay off nung 2009. Wag naman sana kasi sayang naman. Maraming “gumradyewt” na magagaling na engineer at IT dun. =)

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  19. about wistron for closure di malabong mangyari ito,unang una wala ng security ang sbma site especially pagdating sa pagkopya ng produkto kaya nga di nakuha ng wistron philippines ang rama di po ba?wala na pong tiwala ang ibang bansa sa atin dahil po sa korpsyong nangyayari sa atin…i think thats the reality of all of this…kahit gaano kagaling ang empleyado mo kung wala namang magti2wala sayo you’ll sorry…thanks

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    • Hi Perly,

      Aba, at alam mo ang Rama project, huh!
      Taga-wistron ka ba dati? hehehee….

      Hmmm…60K na lang ang production volume nila per month ngayon ng handheld. Nakaka-miss ang dating Wistron. =(

      ~iris

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  20. ms iris,
    ask ko lang do you have any information of glenn bidaure assigned in administration is ms.faye molina still incharge of hr.both are my close friend.

    thx
    ryan(singapore)

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    • I haven’t heard of Kuya Glenn since 2006; alam ko nag-resign yun mga 2004 or 2005. Faye Molina-De Vera is happily married and she and her family migrated to Australia sometime in 2003.

      Ano’ng batch ka umalis and from what department ka, Ryan?

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      • Wistron MSu will just be a memory , good or bad experience it will just be a part of our life and time to move on, hopefully the money given will be spend wisely .

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      • Hi Kuya Russ!

        Correct—it will just be a memory, a very good memory to me. I will never forget the days when I was working with the best engineers there.

        It’s been three and a half years since I left the company; I haven’t moved on completely. I miss everything that’s Wistron, but most of all, I miss my friends there (and that includes you, the reason why Miel and I got you as our godfather)

        Wistron just produced the creams of the crop. We will shine wherever we go!

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    • MSU wrapped up its operation last July 5 so kung Accounting, HR and some other departments waiting for WMX’s go signal na lang ang bibilangin, mga nasa 150 na lang ang tao dun ngayon.

      Are you an ex-WPH employee?

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  21. pati po ba yong csd wala na rin??RE kasi ako dati doon kaso hindi ako nagtagal kasi hanggang 2 am ng madaling araw ang work namin.

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    • Yan ang aalamin ko. Hehehe. Sa alam ko dati, hindi naman mawawala ang CSD since hindi naman sila part of manufacturing.

      I see, RE ka dun dati. Ano’ng year? Baka nakita na kita dun.

      =)

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  22. CSD and EDA are still in the WPH, and as of now we will having our 2010 Christmas Party at PIER 1 this coming Dec. 10, 2010 (sahod day un pre w/ 13th month pay). CSD is about to 300+ employees including Manpower agency(PowerLane).

    @ Jun, you used to log-out for about 2am? Hmmm…
    Kami nag si-6am pa.

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  23. CSD already changed its name to SBG, and I think surviving pa din naman po kami just like EDA…. aun nga lang wala na yung annual sportsfest namin and other activities… huhuhu

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  24. Iris meron ka po bang company profile ng wistron??? dati rin ako nagwork jan sa warehouse from 2001 till 2006.Kelangan ko lng kasi sa klase..salamat

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  25. Iris, opo ako nga to c estong..estong laki ha di po yung maliit sa warehouse. San ka na ngayon working? ikaw ba c iris na gf ni phillip?

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  26. Wow!!! sayang naman at di kayo nagkatuluyan ni “idol”..hehhehe sino namang “R” yan?hahahhah
    San na location mo ngayon?? nway, nice blog ah, educational and informative.hehheh

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    • Ganun talaga ang life, anyway we’re good friends.
      Hehehe….
      Location? NPA ako eh. QC-Bulacan-Bataan-and soon to be Bohol. Bwhahahaha!

      Thank you sa pag-appreciate sa blog ko.

      Kaw ha, isipin mo na lang who among the “R’s” there ang niligawan mo.
      Hehehehe.

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  27. pwede po ba magtanong kung ang wistron na hiring ngayon sa taiwan eh ito po yun dati? maganda po ba dito? nag apply po ako sa fil-sino agency. thanks po sa mag rresponse.

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  28. ma’am iris, matanong ko lng po kung kumusta naman yung salary at benefits dito sa wistron?kasi po nag apply po ako at nakapasa po ako sa interview at exam and im taking up the hands on training ngayon.10500 lang daw yung starting at may 3 years bond.matanong ko na lng po sana ung opinion nyo about this company since medyo matagal yung 3 years bond pag nag sign ako ng contract just in case matanggap mn ako.tnx po

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    • Kung tama ang aking palagay, malamang na sa PCB Layout ka maa-assign. Yun lang ang department (binago na ang name nung umalis ako) na alam kong may bond.
      Hihimayin ko ang opinyon ko sa kumpanyang ito base sa personal kong karanasan. Maaaring nagbago na ang takbo ng management pagkaalis ko.
      1. Kung ang aplikante ay wala pa namang work experience at nagnanais sya ng technical knowledge, masasabi kong ang Wistron ay magandang training ground sa mga engineer. Alamin mo kung ano ba ang magiging responsibility mo at job description sa tatlong taong bond mo. Maikli lamang kasi ang 3 taon para maihulma kang maging magaling na manggagawa ngunit napakahaba kung wala namang challenge ang iyong trabaho. Ipagpalagay na nating ito ang gusto mong trabaho at nakikita mo ang sarili mo na ito ang career path mo, ang tatlong taon na yun sa Wistron ay pagkakataon mo para makapag-aral at makapag-train.
      2. Ikaw ba ay breadwinner o hindi? Kung ikaw ay may sinusustentuhan, 10,500 ay baka kulangin at hindi practical na mag-stay ka ng 3 taon sa kumpanya. Kung solo flight ka naman at nakakasiguro ka na hindi ka pa naman mag-aasawa in the next 3 yrs, pwede na ang 10, 500 lalo at taga-Gapo ka lang. Ang trick dito ay dapat best performer ka para naman mataas-taas ang salary increase mo. Hehehe…

      In the end, dapat manaig ano ba ang priority mo sa buhay- career growth ba or sahod? Wala kasing perfect na kumpanya at kasama na ang Wistron dun. Pero good training ground yan ng mga engineers. Need I mention the names ng mga successful IT’s and engineers na “graduate” ng Wistron? Hehehe..

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  29. tnx po ma’am…very informative ang pagkaka explain mo. kumusta naman po yung benefits ma’am?…sya nga pala tama ka na sa pcb layout ako ma aasign. ma rerelocate cguro ako from bacolod to olonggapo kng gnun…new place ^_^

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    • Yung usual benefits like Sick Leave, Vacation Leave, Housing Allowance, Dental Allowance. Sorry, hindi ko na matandaan ilang araw ba ang sick leave and vacation leave. Memory gap. Hahaha!

      Okay naman sa PCB, marami kang matututuhan dun. If Sir CW is still there, send my regards to him. Sana natatandaan pa ko nun! Wehehehee!

      Bacolod ka pala. Anlayo ha! Bakit Wistron pala? May recruitment ba sa lugar nyo?

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  30. maganda ba yang PCB layout na yan sa wistron… mukang ang baba ng sahod ahhh compare to MAXIM philippines…1/3 lang

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