The tech giant said Wednesday it would cut 10 percent of its workforce, including about 5,000 full-time positions, as part « a multi-year transformation » of its Boston Dynamics manufacturing operations.
The Boston Dynamics company said it would hire 3,500 more employees.
The company said the layoffs would start in early 2019.
« We are proud of our achievements and have made great strides in Boston Dynamics since 2013, and look forward to returning to work with our employees in a new way, » Chief Executive Satya Nadella said in a statement.
Boston Dynamics’ robots can carry and operate heavy equipment, and its robots are used to help farmers in rural India in a program known as « Boston Lifts. »
Microsoft has said it plans to hire 10,500 people to help build its manufacturing facilities.