ExxonMobil to lay off 1,900 employees primarily in Greater Houston area

ExxonMobil's Houston campus opened in Springwoods Village in 2014. (Courtesy ExxonMobil)
ExxonMobil's Houston campus opened in Springwoods Village in 2014. (Courtesy ExxonMobil)

ExxonMobil's Houston campus opened in Springwoods Village in 2014. (Courtesy ExxonMobil)

Citing economic strain due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, ExxonMobil officials announced in a press release Oct. 29 plans to lay off approximately 1,900 employees primarily at its management offices in Houston.

The layoffs are part of an extensive global review announced earlier this year by company officials, the release stated, and will take place through both voluntary and involuntary programs.

"The workforce reductions are the result of ongoing reorganizations and work-process changes that have been made over the past several years to improve efficiency and reduce costs," the release reads. "These actions will improve the company's long-term cost competitiveness and ensure the company manages through the current unprecedented market conditions. The impact of COVID-19 on the demand for ExxonMobil's products has increased the urgency of the ongoing efficiency work."

According to the release, employees who are laid off through involuntary programs will be provided with support including severance and outplacement services.

"The company recognizes these decisions will impact employees and their families and has put these programs in place only after comprehensive evaluation and thoughtful deliberation," the release reads.


The announcement comes six years after the oil giant's Houston campus opened in Springwoods Village in 2014. The state-of-the-art campus serves as home to ExxonMobil's Upstream, Downstream Chemicals and XTO Energy companies and their associate service groups, and it can accommodate more than 10,000 employees and visitors.
By Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


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