Microsoft Slashes Headcount, Again
The cuts are part of a planned 18,000 trim down of employees, previously announced.
The latest retrenchments are expected to be formally announced later today, bringing total cuts implemented to 15,100 under Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadell, this year.
Almost 750 of the latest round of jobs culled will be in Washington, Microsoft’s home state, across a variety of teams, reports ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley.
The headcount reduction is part of a restructuring plan to streamline Microsoft’s operations following the acquisition of Nokia Devices, when thousands of new staff came on board. Cuts will also be made to non full time staff, the report suggests.
“Engineering and organization changes are needed,” Nadella said in a letter to staff dated July 10.
“Nothing is off the table in how we think about shifting our culture to deliver on this core strategy. Organizations will change. Mergers and acquisitions will occur. Job responsibilities will evolve. New partnerships will be formed. Tired traditions will be questioned.”
He also spoke of “new hires” to develop new ideas and skills.
Microsoft (MSFT) shares rose slightly overnight.
Earlier this week, the company announced a board reshuffle, with Teri List-Stoll, CFO of Kraft Foods and Charles W. Scharf, CEO of Visa, unveiled as new board directors, effective Oct. 1.
Microsoft current head count is believed to be 125,000 globally.