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    Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 Jobs

    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


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    From: Satya Nadella
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    Date: July 17, 2014 at 5:00 a.m. PT
    Subject: Starting to Evolve Our Organization and Culture
    Last week in my email to you I synthesized our strategic direction as a productivity and platform company. Having a clear focus is the start of the journey, not the end. The more difficult steps are creating the organization and culture to bring our ambitions to life. Today Iíll share more on how weíre moving forward. On July 22, during our public earnings call, Iíll share further specifics on where we are focusing our innovation investments.
    The first step to building the right organization for our ambitions is to realign our workforce. With this in mind, we will begin to reduce the size of our overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year. Of that total, our work toward synergies and strategic alignment on Nokia Devices and Services is expected to account for about 12,500 jobs, comprising both professional and factory workers. We are moving now to start reducing the first 13,000 positions, and the vast majority of employees whose jobs will be eliminated will be notified over the next six months. Itís important to note that while we are eliminating roles in some areas, we are adding roles in certain other strategic areas. My promise to you is that we will go through this process in the most thoughtful and transparent way possible. We will offer severance to all employees impacted by these changes, as well as job transition help in many locations, and everyone can expect to be treated with the respect they deserve for their contributions to this company.
    Later today your Senior Leadership Team member will share more on what to expect in your organization. Our workforce reductions are mainly driven by two outcomes: work simplification as well as Nokia Devices and Services integration synergies and strategic alignment.
    First, we will simplify the way we work to drive greater accountability, become more agile and move faster. As part of modernizing our engineering processes the expectations we have from each of our disciplines will change. In addition, we plan to have fewer layers of management, both top down and sideways, to accelerate the flow of information and decision making. This includes flattening organizations and increasing the span of control of people managers. In addition, our business processes and support models will be more lean and efficient with greater trust between teams. The overall result of these changes will be more productive, impactful teams across Microsoft. These changes will affect both the Microsoft workforce and our vendor staff. Each organization is starting at different points and moving at different paces.
    Second, we are working to integrate the Nokia Devices and Services teams into Microsoft. We will realize the synergies to which we committed when we announced the acquisition last September. The first-party phone portfolio will align to Microsoftís strategic direction. To win in the higher price tiers, we will focus on breakthrough innovation that expresses and enlivens Microsoftís digital work and digital life experiences. In addition, we plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows. This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps.
    Making these decisions to change are difficult, but necessary. I want to invite you to my monthly Q&A event tomorrow. I hope you can join, and I hope you will ask any question thatís on your mind. Thank you for your support as we start to take steps forward in evolving our organization and culture.
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    Re: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 Jobs

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



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    Re: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 Jobs

    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.



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    Re: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 Jobs

    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.


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    Re: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 Jobs

    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.



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    Re: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 Jobs

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



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    Re: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 Jobs

    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.



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    Re: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 Jobs

    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaCy View Post
    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.
    If I worked at a company that used synergy consistently, I would quit. Seriously.



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    Re: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 Jobs

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



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    Re: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 Jobs

    Holy business-speak batman!


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    Re: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 Jobs

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    If I worked at a company that used synergy consistently, I would quit. Seriously.
    We have a poster up that has "the different between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra". it's so cliche it's funny


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    Re: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 Jobs

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman38 View Post
    We have a poster up that has "the different between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra". it's so cliche it's funny
    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.


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    Re: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 Jobs

    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaCy View Post
    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.
    you would have alcohol poisoning. I hate things like win-win, synergy, and other stupid buzz words like those.



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    Re: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 Jobs

    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"


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    Re: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 Jobs

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


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