Liberty Mutual eliminates 190 IT positionsBy MICHAEL COUSINEAU
New Hampshire Union Leader
March 09. 2017 10:19PM
Liberty Mutual is eliminating 190 information-technology positions — mainly in Dover and Portsmouth — with plans to rehire some workers to fill vacancies.
“While we’re eliminating these positions, we are transforming our business, so we’re adding to and investing in our IT capabilities,” said John Cusolito, vice president and manager of public and media relations. “There are positions and there are opportunities for employees and we’re planning to hire 5,000 people this year.”
The direction of technology is “focused on having very agile, smaller teams, many more teams, but smaller teams that have people on them that have multiple skill sets,” Cusolito said Thursday.
Prior to the job cuts, Liberty Mutual employed 5,100 in New Hampshire, including 2,900 technology workers.
Affected workers, including three in the Bedford office, this week received 60-day notice that their jobs are being eliminated.
The company this week said it was eliminating 360 IT jobs, but Cusolito expects an unknown number to switch to other vacancies within the company.
“We have 1,600 positions overall in Liberty Mutual open for employees to apply for,” including several hundred IT positions, Cusolito said.
The insurance company plans to retrain up to 300 employees to focus on coding, he said.
The company plans to hire 5,000 employees this year around the world to add to its global workforce of 50,000 plus.
Laid-off employees who don’t find a position within the company will be offered severance packages and outplacement services.