Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 Jobs

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  1. ISUCyclones2015

    ISUCyclones2015 Well-Known Member

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    CRAZY! I understand it will mostly be Finland jobs though, which I guess is a good thing?

    http://money.cnn.com/2014/07/17/technology/enterprise/microsoft-job-cuts/index.html?hpt=hp_t1


    Here is the email:

     
  2. Cyclonepride

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    It was obviously coming, but boy, that is a bunch o jobs.
     
  3. CarolinaCy

    CarolinaCy Well-Known Member

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    If there was a drinking game where you had to take a shot every for every corporate buzz-word, I'd have been passed out halfway through that email. What's the limit on the number of times someone can use a form of the word "synergy" in an email? Pretty sure it was exceeded here.
     
  4. BringBackJohnny

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    I think we are going to again seen a relative flattening of hiring. Companies compressed and became more efficient after 2008. As the boomers begin to actually retire I do not see all of those jobs being fully replaced. I see the current state as now the more economic norm for many years to come.

    My hope is excess unemployed labor will be able to create more small time and regional companies/ecconomies. Start ups, mom and pop things. I am young and don't know 100% what I talk about but I sure hope everyone had a good time in the 80's, 90's, and early 00's because it didn't seem like they had much foresight into the future.
     
  5. CarolinaCy

    CarolinaCy Well-Known Member

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    My employer (not nearly as big as Microsoft) just recently cut around 350 jobs, which was less than 1% of total jobs in the company. People have been referring to that day of announcements as Black Wednesday for several weeks now. Lots of people were in sheer panic mode.

    Can't imagine what an announcement of cutting 18,000 jobs would do to employees.
     
  6. somecyguy

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    He is cleaning up the mess Balmer made by buying Nokia which was a mistake.
     
  7. Clonehomer

    Clonehomer Well-Known Member

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    The Nokia jobs couldn't have been a big surprise. They've been struggling for years. Microsoft' push to make them relevant again with Windows hasn't gotten a foothold so it's time to accept the loss.
     
  8. Cyclonepride

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    If I worked at a company that used synergy consistently, I would quit. Seriously.
     
  9. tejasclone

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    I've heard a lot of corporate buzzwords, but "realize the synergies" is a new one.
     
  10. mtowncyclone13

    mtowncyclone13 Well-Known Member

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    Holy business-speak batman!
     
  11. Bigman38

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    We have a poster up that has "the different between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra". it's so cliche it's funny
     
  12. mtowncyclone13

    mtowncyclone13 Well-Known Member

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    So the league of extraordinary gentleman was about guys that tip 20% instead of 18%, right? That little bit extra makes them extraordinary?

    Funny how employers rarely take this advice. I want to be an extraordinary employer so I'll offer 5% raises to everyone this year.
     
  13. fsanford

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    you would have alcohol poisoning. I hate things like win-win, synergy, and other stupid buzz words like those.
     
  14. Cyclones_R_GR8

    Cyclones_R_GR8 Well-Known Member

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    Synergy has been around a awhile. The other day I was on the HP website reading about a product and they described it something like a "synthetic homogenous solution"
     
  15. Knownothing

    Knownothing Well-Known Member

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    Every company i have ever worked at loves the word "engaged". They plaster it everywhere.
     
  16. CarolinaCy

    CarolinaCy Well-Known Member

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    5% would be extraordinary where I work. I got 2%, everyone who is the level above me and higher got nothing.
     
  17. CarolinaCy

    CarolinaCy Well-Known Member

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    The newest buzz word/phrase where I work is "north star". As in something like, "Our customers are our north stars" or "Kathy will be leading the team focusing on customer communication. She will be our north star."

    Seriously, where do people come up with this stuff?
     
  18. mtowncyclone13

    mtowncyclone13 Well-Known Member

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    Because it sounds better than "Kathy will talking to customers about stuff". Also, North Star sounds ridiculous.

    I hate corporate speak and am glad we don't have it where I work.
     
  19. BringBackJohnny

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    You should volunteer to be the Death Star :)
     
  20. jbhtexas

    jbhtexas Well-Known Member

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    Yeah. Anybody remember the old DEC Pro 350/380 personal computers that ISU had back in the late 80's/early 90's? DEC's integrated spreadshet/word processing program was called Synergy.
     

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