Microsoft Layoffs: Perspective From an Employee

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I am a regular listener of a YouTube tech channel called Barnacules Nerdgasm. Jerry was a 15 year veteran with Microsoft and was layed off along with 18,000 others, nearly 15% of Microsoft’s total workforce.  Things are changing drastically at Microsoft, and this is only the start.

According to Slate:

According to data from outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Microsoft’s layoff announcement is the fourth-biggest* at a U.S.-based firm since it began tracking such things in 1989:

  1. IBM: 60,000 employees (July 1993)
  2. Hewlett-Packard: 27,000 employees (May 2012)
  3. Hewlett-Packard: 24,600 employees (September 2008)
  4. Microsoft: 18,000 employees (July 2014)

With the everyone aware of whats going on over there,  I think it is important for us to listen to what some of the ex-employees are saying. Here is Jerry’s video.

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Nicholas Fusco

Nick Fusco is a young IT Consultant and "geek"! As a contributing author on GBD, he covers all things tech and writes reviews for a variety of products and services.

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  1. Bobby Arneth July 21, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Very scary to hear Microsoft did that and this guy has no idea why?
    I can’t imagine what direction their going either, I would like to hear anyone’s opinion.

  2. Zachary Green July 21, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    It’s important to note that 12,500 of those lay-offs were overlapping positions from Nokia, after it’s acquisition last September.

    Overall though it definitely shows that MS is trying to cut significant costs.

    I feel for those affected and hope they’re able to find work elsewhere.

  3. Joe Lunsford July 22, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    If i worked for Microsoft and I got laid off like that, i would of just give them the finger and say, “Screw you, I’m going to apple” .

    • Martin Lehner July 22, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      Really depends on the severance package. It may have been very fair.

  4. Mark Sweeney July 22, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    The Fact is most of the layoff will be at Nokia, not at Microsoft.

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