Comcast to Lay Off 65 St. Paul Employees

Comcast, which last year announced plans to hire 600 call center workers in Minnetonka and St. Paul, is now cutting roughly 65 St. Paul employees as it shifts its “inbound sales” operations to Oregon.

Comcast Corporation plans to eliminate approximately 65 employees from its regional headquarters in St. Paul this summer.

Spokeswoman Mary Beth Schubert told Twin Cities Business on Thursday that the cuts will occur as Comcast transitions its “inbound sales” operations to a call center in Oregon. The transition will take place between the end of July and August 20.

The company’s inbound sales team is part of its call center staff that fields calls from prospective clients.

Despite the 65 job cuts, Philadelphia-based Comcast continues to grow its presence in the Twin Cities. The company last year announced plans to hire 450 people at a new call center in Minnetonka and an additional 150 for call center positions in St. Paul.

Schubert said that the company is still in the process of filling those positions, and “our hope is that the majority” of the employees being laid off in St. Paul “will find other positions within the company.”

Comcast outlined its layoff plans in a Wednesday letter addressed to St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Ramsey County Board of Commissioners Chairman Rafael Ortega. The company said that if affected employees don’t transfer to other Comcast positions, they may be entitled to severance benefits.

Comcast currently employs roughly 2,000 people in the Twin Cities area.