Microsoft will eliminate up to 5,000 positions over the next 18 months


 

Microsoft will eliminate up to 5,000 positions over the next 18 months
 


22 January 2009 at 9:46:02 AM
pharper

In an email sent to all employees today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wrote:

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As part of the process of adjustments, we will eliminate up to 5,000 positions in R&D, marketing, sales, finance, LCA, HR, and IT over the next 18 months, of which 1,400 will occur today. We’ll also open new positions to support key investment areas during this same period of time. Our net headcount in these functions will decline by 2,000 to 3,000 over the next 18 months. In addition, our workforce in support, consulting, operations, billing, manufacturing, and data center operations will continue to change in direct response to customer needs.
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To increase efficiency, we’re taking a series of aggressive steps. We’ll cut travel expenditures 20 percent and make significant reductions in spending on vendors and contingent staff. We’ve scaled back Puget Sound campus expansion and reduced marketing budgets. We’ll also reduce costs by eliminating merit increases for FY10 that would have taken effect in September of this calendar year.

Each of these steps will be difficult. Our priority remains doing right by our customers and our employees. For employees who are directly affected, I know this will be a difficult time for you and I want to assure you that we will provide help and support during this transition. We have established an outplacement center in the Puget Sound region and we’ll provide outplacement services in many other locations to help you find new jobs. Some of you may find jobs internally. For those who don’t, we will also offer severance pay and other benefits.
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Being a Microsoft employee for the last 15 years, this is the first time I recall Microsoft ever eliminating positions like this and just completely doing away with any raises way before the performance reviews are even started (usually done in May-June).


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1 - pstern   22 Jan 2009 @ 10:48:28 AM 

It is my opinion that these corporations are using the 'umbrella' of bad economic times to position themselves into better financial places by cutting-down on the number of employees and thus trimming "losses" and/or "expenses" and maneuvering into maintaining more of their profits.

It's just another ploy that can be pulled off right now along with cutting departments and personnel that do NOT directly bring in money to a corporation, e.g., training, customer service, human resources, etc.

This is a way to trim-down without much negative feedback for doing so.

Just my 2-cents.


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