Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) CEO Carol Bartz said last fall that the company — which has had three major rounds of layoffs since 2008 — was “done” with job cuts. Apparently, not quite. The company has cut an undisclosed number of jobs in its search team as part of a reorganization, Yahoo tells us.
Yahoo’s statement: “Yahoo! remains focused on innovating the overall Search experience over the long-term, and the Yahoo! Search group is hard at work on some new experiences that we believe will convert Yahoo! users to Yahoo! searchers. To accomplish our new product objectives, we have decided that we need a different combination of talent and are making changes within the search group in order to more deeply invest in other areas of the group.”
Yahoo had said it would move at least 400 employees to Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) as part of its search-ad deal with that company and had said there might ultimately be some layoffs as well — although Bartz’s comment seemed to contradict that. The layoffs were first reported by TechCrunch; please e-mail us if you have any details on how extensive they were.