Microsoft laid off hundreds of employees last week, including some in the Puget Sound area, in the latest round of the broad cuts the company announced last year.
A Microsoft spokesman didn’t specify how many employees were terminated, but the company in January said it had yet to inform about 500 employees of the 18,000 who were slated to lose their jobs as part of the company’s largest-ever layoff.
“We expect this to be the last of the anticipated broad cuts as part of the restructuring plan announced last July,” the company spokesman said in a statement Saturday.
The Redmond software company announced in July that it would eliminate 18,000 jobs, 14 percent of its workforce. Chief Executive Satya Nadella said the goal was to streamline the company and integrate its newly purchased phone-hardware business. Rounds of layoffs were carried out in July, September and October, and Microsoft said the process would be complete by June 30 of this year.
Employees who were terminated in the latest cuts were informed Thursday. The cuts focused on Microsoft’s information-technology (IT) group, the spokesman said, but also impacted other divisions within the company. Some employees at the company’s Redmond campus were laid off, but the cuts weren’t limited to Washington.
Before this week’s cuts, Microsoft had laid off about 2,700 people in the state, or 6 percent of the company’s Puget Sound head count before the layoffs. The company employed 41,489 people in the region at the end of 2014.
Microsoft chief information officer Jim DuBois told employees in an email early Thursday that positions in Microsoft’s IT group would be eliminated to “remove role overlap, optimize activities and functions, align disciplines with the rest of Microsoft, and, perhaps most importantly, reshape IT for the skills we need to transform.”
Most of the layoffs in the last year, about 12,500, fell on Nokia units that Microsoft acquired in April 2014 when it bought the Finnish company’s handset business. After shuttering a pair of Chinese plants last month, Microsoft has closed half the phone manufacturing facilities it acquired in the deal.
Layoffs also targeted Microsoft’s research unit, the Trustworthy Computing privacy and cybersecurity group, Xbox and MSN, as well as a broad range of engineering and marketing roles.