Word among employees at Microsoft is that the layoffs that have
been rumored lately will begin Thursday.
Conference rooms are booked, and some employees are being
scheduled for 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 communications on Blind for
that company. 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 planned 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 everyone with a meeting scheduled Thursday
expects to be laid off. Some think they will be transferred to
new roles within Microsoft.
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 June 30. Last
year the company announced it would cut 2,850 positions. Those
layoffs were dragged out over a period of months, with
the final 700 cut in January.
Although layoffs can be painful for the people who lose their
jobs, not everyone thinks this reorg would be a bad idea. The
changes would be intended to make it easier for Microsoft to
sell subscriptions to its all-important cloud computing services.
In the current sales structure, too many deals have to go through
the hands of too many different sales and marketing people,
employees say. CEO Satya Nadella is systematically 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 in 2017 for a tech CEO.
Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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