Earlier this year, shortly after the Nokia acquisition was complete, Microsoft announced that they would be cutting nearly 18,000 jobs across the company. Now according to Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet round two of these lay offs might start in two days (September 18th).
Microsoft already cut 13,000 jobs of the planned 18,000 back in July, and it seems round two will further reduce the job redundancies created by the takeover.
I am not sure how many will be cut in this week’s round, which I’ve heard will be announced internally this Thursday, September 18. But I do hear that the second round of cuts will span across almost every group at the company. I’ve also heard there still will be more cuts happening as part of the original 18,000 total at further dates in the future. CEO Satya Nadella told employees back in July that the “vast majority” of the 18,000 cuts would happen over a six month period (July 2014 to January 2015).
The layoffs are expected to occur in all parts of the company, and not just the devices division that came from Nokia, so it’s possible some former Microsoft employees might also be included in this round.
It’s always sad to see good talent go, especially due to redundancies caused by a takeover, we wish the employees all the best; and hopefully they’ll land on their feet.