The company axed 750 staffers, mostly pharmaceutical sales reps, just after Thanksgiving. These latest layoffs -- of non-employee staff contracted from agencies as vendors -- are in addition to that swathe. A Sanofi spokesperson declined to confirm or deny the layoffs:
I don't have details on that but couldn't comment in any case given this involves a vendor company. What I can tell you is that the broader rationale provided last week related to overall reductions in our sales organization still stand.That rationale is:
Sanofi-aventis U.S. is continuing to evolve in order to deliver greater value to our customers ... This includes changes to our sales force to better correspond with market dynamics and customer needs. As a part of our continuing transformation, we have identified areas where we will prioritize sales support and others where reductions are necessary.The source tells BNET that a large number of contract reps will be without jobs on Jan. 1.
Separately: Sanofi's cost-cutting effort is now focusing on reps' company cars. Salespersons will soon be logging their travel data down to fractions of 1/10th of a mile on a new company web site, if these complaints on CafePharma are anything to go by.