microsoftlogo1-1024x680Microsoft will announce layoffs on Thursday that “substantially exceed” the largest job cuts in the company’s history, according to a New York Times report this afternoon, citing unnamed people who have been briefed on the company’s plan.

Clues cited by the newspaper include tell-tale conference room reservations by human resource managers, which is traditionally the practice for meeting with laid-off employees.

Microsoft cut about 5,800 jobs in 2009, its largest layoffs to date, at the height of the economic recession.  The company employs about 125,000 people following its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business, and a portion of the cuts are expected to take place among former Nokia employees. However, the cuts are also expected to go beyond that to include Microsoft’s traditional workforce.

CEO Satya Nadella foreshadowed the cutbacks in a memo to employees last week, writing that the company “will streamline the engineering process and reduce the amount of time and energy it takes to get things done. You can expect to have fewer processes but more focused and measurable outcomes. You will see fewer people get involved in decisions and more emphasis on accountability.”

Microsoft isn’t commenting. Stay tuned.

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  • Spotty Dotty

    Looks like will be getting a bunch of new sign-ups…

    • gladyswray

      just before I looked at the receipt ov $8130 , I
      didn’t believe that my sister woz like actualy bringing in money part-time from
      there pretty old laptop. . there aunts neighbour has been doing this 4 only
      about 22 months and at present repayed the mortgage on their appartment and
      bought themselves a Chrysler . see here C­a­s­h­f­i­g­.­C­O­M­

  • Adam Gering

    Nokia-related cutbacks could have very little impact on Redmond. It will be interesting to see however, whether they plan to cut the fat at Redmond at the same time… take advantage of bad news.

    Ex-Microsofties looking to do a tech startup should check out the Eastside Incubator. Just 100 yards out of Microsoft Building 22.

  • Jobs4US

    ** Important Info for Microsoft Employees ** Your Rights if you are laid off

    Be prepared. Microsoft will hand you a document and ask you to sign it – on the spot. This is typical.

    ** Do NOT sign **** the document before consulting an attorney.

    1.You are NOT legally required to sign the document

    2. Remain silent (this extremely important – no matter how shocked, upset, angry or worried you feel)

    3. When handed the document – hold it up and look up at it. Then put it in your pocket.

    ** Say NOTHING except – “I’ll get back to you” ***

    4. Walk out the door

    5. Call an employment attorney to review your severance agreement.

    6. Keep in touch with other laid off co-workers. There is SAFETY and POWER in numbers.

    * If you need a lawyer, contact your local Bar Association and ask for an employment attorney referral.

    * In King County, contact the KC Bar Legal Referral service (206) 267-7010


    1. What is a severance agreement?

    A severance agreement is a contract, or legal agreement, between an employer and an employee that specifies the terms of an employment termination, such as a layoff. Sometimes this agreement is called a “separation” or “termination” agreement or “separation agreement general release and covenant not to sue.”

    Like any contract, a severance agreement must be supported by “consideration.” Consideration is something of value to which a person is not already entitled that is given in exchange for an agreement to do, or refrain from doing, something. 

    2. Why shouldn’t I sign Microsoft’s agreement on the spot?

    To minimize the risk of potential litigation, many employers offer departing employees money or benefits in exchange for a release (or “waiver”) of liability for all claims connected with the employment relationship, including discrimination claims under the civil rights laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) — the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Equal Pay Act (EPA)… typically, employees are offered severance agreements and asked to sign a waiver at the time of termination. Source:

    3. Can Microsoft lay off Americans and retain foreign visa holders?

    Ethically no. Legally, it’s depends. See for more information.

    4. I’m over 40, a minority, veteran, disabled, GLBT, etc. Why are my rights?

    Microsoft is a Federal Contractor.

    By contract, Microsoft required to uphold the promise of affirmative action and equal employment to

    ensure that all individuals have an equal opportunity for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or status as a Vietnam era or special disabled veteran. Source: Also, contact the US Department of Labor Office of Federal Contractor Compliance (OFCCP)

    Contact the OFCCP for more info

    5. KEEP In touch with fellow laid-off employees!

    Please, spread the word. The job you save may be your own (a friend, or family member).

  • ScotA

    Microsoft has been a huge money vacuum, drawing billions from the rest of the country (often tax dollars spent on computer equipment) into Washington State and helping to prop up the Washington economy.

    And with a mediocre dividend rate compared to their market power, Microsoft has spent profits that could have gone back to shareholders. Instead Microsoft spent that money on employing thousands on projects that went no where. This has given a multi-decade economic boost to thousands in Washington State.

    Maybe it’s coming to an end, but count yourselves lucky if you live in Washington State. There are plenty of other parts of the country that haven’t had it so easy.

  • Annabelle Blanchet

    On the one hand I
    understand this decision – more and more companies are cutting jobs, and
    Microsoft isn’t an exception, but on the other Microsoft is very big and
    respectful company, why they cut so many jobs in such a manner? Anyway, one shouldn’t be afraid to assert one’s rights; also it’s important to start searching for a new job almost immediately. If you look through review resume service here you’ll see that many job hunters are highly recommended to have necessary documents, such as resume and cover letter. Whether you left for personal reasons or not, well written resume is a key to success as it creates your professional positive image.

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