Microsoft this morning cut an additional 3,000 jobs from its workforce around the world, saying it has now completed almost all of the 18,000 job cuts that were announced by CEO Satya Nadella in July.
About 638 of the job cuts are in the Seattle region. That brings the regional total to more than 2,700 positions cut by the company in its home region in the three rounds of layoffs. Microsoft employed more than 42,500 people in the Seattle region as of the end of September.
“We’ve taken another step that will complete almost all the 18,000 reductions announced in July. The reductions happening today are spread across many different business units, and many different countries,” a Microsoft spokesman said in a statement released by the company.
We’re hearing separately that many of the affected positions in this latest round of cuts are in support roles, including finance, human resources, sales and marketing.
When they were announced in July, Microsoft said the cuts would take place over the course of the year, so the company is well ahead of schedule. The overall reduction of 18,000 positions represents about 14 percent of the 127,000 people employed by the company as of June.
Nadella said at the time that the goal was to have “fewer layers of management, both top down and sideways, to accelerate the flow of information and decision making.”
A disproportionate number of the overall cuts, about 12,500, were in the newly acquired Nokia smartphone workforce. Affected employees receive severance packages and assistance from the company.