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

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.



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