Microsoft announced a massive layoff of 10,000 employees in 2023, making it one of the largest layoffs in the company’s history. The layoffs affected employees in a variety of roles, from software engineers to customer service representatives. Microsoft cited a need to restructure their workforce in order to remain competitive in the ever-changing tech industry as the reason for the layoffs. The news came as a shock to many, as the company had previously been known for its commitment to job security. The layoffs were a difficult decision for the company, but one that was necessary in order to maintain its competitive edge in the market.
As of June 30, the company reported having a total of 221,000 full-time employees, with 122,000 based in the United States and 99,000 located in international locations.
Microsoft is laying off about 5 percent of its staff, or 10,000 people. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the move, saying that despite asking certain employees to leave, the business will continue hiring in some areas.
While some staff may be laid off immediately, others will be informed in the coming months and days.
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Here is the full text of the blog post Nadella wrote for Microsoft employees about the layoffs at the company.
Subject: Focusing on our short- and long-term opportunity
We’re living through times of significant change, and as I meet with customers and partners, a few things are clear. First, as we saw customers accelerate their digital spend during the pandemic, we’re now seeing them optimize their digital spend to do more with less. We’re also seeing organizations in every industry and geography exercise caution as some parts of the world are in a recession and other parts are anticipating one. At the same time, the next major wave of computing is being born with advances in AI, as we’re turning the world’s most advanced models into a new computing platform.
This is the context in which we as a company must strive to deliver results on an ongoing basis, while investing in our long-term opportunity. I’m confident that Microsoft will emerge from this stronger and more competitive, but it requires us to take actions grounded in three priorities.
First, we will align our cost structure with our revenue and where we see customer demand. Today, we are making changes that will result in the reduction of our overall workforce by 10,000 jobs through the end of FY23 Q3. This represents less than 5 percent of our total employee base, with some notifications happening today. It’s important to note that while we are eliminating roles in some areas, we will continue to hire in key strategic areas. We know this is a challenging time for each person impacted. The senior leadership team and I are committed that as we go through this process, we will do so in the most thoughtful and transparent way possible.
Second, we will continue to invest in strategic areas for our future, meaning we are allocating both our capital and talent to areas of secular growth and long-term competitiveness for the company, while divesting in other areas. These are the kinds of hard choices we have made throughout our 47-year history to remain a consequential company in this industry that is unforgiving to anyone who doesn’t adapt to platform shifts. As such, we are taking a $1.2 billion charge in Q2 related to severance costs, changes to our hardware portfolio, and the cost of lease consolidation as we create higher density across our workspaces.
And third, we will treat our people with dignity and respect, and act transparently. These decisions are difficult, but necessary. They are especially difficult because they impact people and people’s lives – our colleagues and friends. We are committed to ensuring all those whose roles are eliminated have our full support during these transitions. U.S.-benefit-eligible employees will receive a variety of benefits, including above-market severance pay, continuing healthcare coverage for six months, continued vesting of stock awards for six months, career transition services, and 60 days’ notice prior to termination, regardless of whether such notice is legally required. Benefits for employees outside the U.S. will align with the employment laws in each country.
When I think about this moment in time, the start of 2023, it’s showtime – for our industry and for Microsoft. As a company, our success must be aligned to the world’s success. That means every one of us and every team across the company must raise the bar and perform better than the competition to deliver meaningful innovation that customers, communities, and countries can truly benefit from. If we deliver on this, we will emerge stronger and thrive long into the future; it’s as simple as that.
I want to extend my deepest thanks and gratitude to everyone who has contributed to Microsoft up to this point and to all of you who will continue to contribute as we chart our path ahead. Thank you for the focus, dedication, and resilience you demonstrate for Microsoft and our customers and partners each day.
Why Microsoft firing 10,000 employees ?
- Microsoft wants to sync their expenditure to their profits. Subsequently, They persist in investing in sections that will determine their prospective, which means they are allotting both their resources and manpower to sectors of perpetual expansion and enduring strength for the organization, while selling off in other areas. These are the difficult decisions they have embraced over the course of our 47-year legacy to remain a significant entity in this field which allows for no leniency for those who don’t adjust.
- Microsoft is feelin’ the heat to keep the growth rates of their Azure cloud unit boomin’, as the PC market has slowed and taken a toll on their Windows and devices sales. Back in July they announced they’d had to let a few folks go, and then in October 2022 the news spread that they had laid off fewer than one thousand workers in various departments.
Microsoft layoffs History
In 2014, Microsoft cutted 18,000 jobs, 14% of company, in largest layoffs in its history
In 2016 Microsoft to cut 2,850 more jobs, including some in Microsoft sales
In 2017, Microsoft Confirms Job Cuts As Part Of A Reorganization To Enhance Cloud Offerings