AOL’s local news network of blogs, Patch, is letting go sales people this week.
It’s hard to tell how many, only that many people are being let go due to “underperformance.”
Last week, a Patch employee said it would be 200.
Patch PR and president Warren Webster refused to comment on the number, but a source says employees were told by management in an email to disregard our report.
Then the firings started this week.
We asked one employee how many people were getting let go, and this person responded: “Why does it matter? It is 2 people on my team and other ones too. It stinks.”
Says another: “I’m taking my 15k payout and running the hell away from this disaster.”
The firings come after the experiment lost ~$150 million last year.
The problem with Patch is a pretty classic one: it has too many employees (~1,500) working on a product that doesn’t get enough attention from consumers and, therefore, advertisers trying to reach consumers.
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