Frito-Layoffs Go Down Today

DISD isn’t the only large employers laying off people today. As noted earlier, Frito-Lay is letting go 130 people from its Plano HQ. Austin Kilgore, the real estate editor for People Newspapers, tells us:

According to a source inside the Plano facility, officials closed the office today. Employees have all been given a 10-minute window where they are supposed to be at their desks, at which point a supervisor will notify them of their fate. Either you find out you’ve got a job and you get the rest of the day off — or you’re jobless.


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17 responses to “Frito-Layoffs Go Down Today”

  1. Jay says:

    That will Ruffles a few feathers.

  2. ryan says:

    Anyone ever take the tour of the plant? Always wanted to but have never found info……who can resist the smell of FRITOS and their perfect greasyosity?

  3. Davie Dave says:

    The whole lay-off profcess is cold, but to actually have you come in and wait for a boss to come around and tell you to go is really cold.

    I would definitly find some place other than my desk to be for those 10 minutes.

  4. I guess the chips are down. That was bad. I guess all the workers can do now is just let the chips fall where they may.


  5. mm says:

    Not to be mean or anything, but I hope Jay and Subservient Experiment get laid off today.

    And I agree that the layoff process is cold. And bizarre.

  6. I can save them... says:

    Dear Frito Lay,
    please get back to making good snacks with the following suggestions:

    – Doritos should not come in more than 2 flavors, Nacho Cheese and Cool Ranch. (10 + flavors, including Buffalo Wing and Blue Cheese? Seriously?)

    – Tostitos, Cheetos, and Fritos should come in one flavor only. (Oh, and under no circumstance should a Frito ever, ever, have “grill marks”)

    – You may continue to make Ruffles and Lays in all acceptible potato chip flavors, including Original, Sour Cream and Onion, and BBQ.

    – Leave Rold Gold and Smartfood as-is.

    You may pay me for this wisdom in unlimited salty goodness after ranching up.

  7. drew says:

    Not sure what the office setup is up there exactly, but does that mean a lot of people are getting the news in their cubicles…with no privacy? That IS cold.

  8. Cheetos in one flavor? Only if that one flavor is Flamin’ Hot!


  9. Don in Austin says:

    I had FL food chemists as neighbors when I lived in the metromess. Hope they were able to keep their jobs. They always had a really nice vegetable garden…guess they got enough of snack food at work.

  10. Jay says:

    @ mm

    Bless your hard candy coated shell. I’m not scheduled to be laid off until November.

  11. Drew says:

    In addition to being absolutely cold, this is purely childish behavior.

    How would you feel if you were made to sit at your desk and wait for the hatchet to fall – or not. And if not, gee, have a nice afternoon off?

    F you Frito Lay!

  12. Randy says:

    On the bright side, it sounds like a win-win to me. Either way, you get the afternoon off. Woohoo!

  13. frodo says:

    Drew, employees aren’t sitting at their desks all day waiting for the hatchet to fall. They closed the office, and people who work there just go in for a quick meeting with a manager to find out their fate. Employees who keep there jobs turnaround, leave, and come back to work on Friday. Employees who are let go are escorted to follow-up sessions with HR to explain the severance package and meet with a recruiter who will work to place them.

    Sure, it’s not a warm and fuzzy process, but what would you prefer … an email or pink slip to announce that you’re being let go?

  14. Tey says:

    Worst game of “Duck, Duck, Goose” ever.

  15. Drew says:


    Sorry, you can’t convince me that Frito Lay couldn’t and shouldn’t have done this in a more respectful manner. People are waiting for the hatchet to fall, regardless of it being a normal day at the office or not.

    Frito Lay isn’t #1 in its industry because it just has products people like. It has solid people who make those products and think of new ones that people will buy. If you get a reputation as an employer who doesn’t repsect its employees, you won’t maintain market share and you won’t attract the best talent. Period.

    There is never a good way to let someone go but if you can at least demonstrate to that person and those who will remain employed that you attempted to do it with the utmost respect and decency, that’s all you can do.

  16. Jessi says:

    it wasnt just office people, it was hard working, sellspeople who got axed too. though i do commend frito on some level for the severence packages, it still seems like its not enough, ya work for someone for 15 years, then they are like, of well, see ya, find employement somewhere else

  17. dads says:

    i hope they didn’t lay off chester cheetoh. don’t want that dude wandering the streets.