Word among employees at Microsoft is that the layoffs that have
been rumored lately will begin on Thursday.
Conference rooms are booked and some employees are being
scheduled for short 15-minute meetings with their managers,
according to several postings on the anonymous chat app
Blind that were shared with Business Insider.
Business Insider does not have access to Blind. Only verified
employees at a company can access Blind. The app is popular
at Microsoft; some 25,000 of the software giant’s
employees use it, according to Blind.
Microsoft has not confirmed the layoff but the company did send
an email to employees on Monday saying it plans to
make wide-ranging changes to its sales organization,
The employees who commented on Blind did not know how many
total jobs would be cut. Not all of them who have meetings
scheduled Thursday believe that they personally will be laid off.
Some believe that they will be transferred to new roles within
Even so, it’s possible the cuts will amount to a small percentage
of the company’s workforce. As of
March, Microsoft employed 121,567 people worldwide
with about 52,000 employees in its global sales, marketing and
worldwide business units.
July has become the classic month for Microsoft to announce
layoffs, coming right after its fiscal year ends on June 30. Last
year the company announced it would cut cut 2,850
positions. Those layoffs were dragged out over a period of
the final 700 cut in January.
Although layoffs can be painful for the people who lose
their jobs, not everyone thinks this reorg is a bad idea. The
changes are intended to make it easier for Microsoft to sell
subscriptions to its all-important cloud computing
In the current sales structure, too many deals have to go
through the hands of too many different sales and marketing
people, employees say. Company
Nadella is systematically cleaning up Microsoft, getting rid of
layers of management and reducing bureaucracy, one former
Microsoft employee told us.
For all the changes,
Nadella has a 95% approval rating on Glassdoor, one of the
highest rated CEOs of 2017 in tech.
Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for
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