As of this morning, we’re looking to cut 18,000 Microsoft positions including around half of the Nokia destruction-palooza orchestrated by Mr. How does this affect all of Microsoft? And that concerns me because now you have a microsoft software developer 2 salary of stress and anxiety at Microsoft.
First, the selfish stress about whether my job is affected. Then way out there general concerns about the company. That’s why I hope that Cut Quickly happens. Without it, we’re back to our first layoff experience. If anything broke the back of this blog, it was the first big Microsoft layoff back in 2009. How could the realization of a step towards Mini-Microsoft do that? Because it was implemented so poorly, with constant worries and concerns and doubts about engaging in new ideas due to expectations those would be the easiest to trim during ongoing cut-backs.
So if this truly drags on for a year: we need a new leader. This needs to be wrapped up by the end of July. One last small comment: yeah, everyone loves to flatten, including me. But to truly flatten engineering at Microsoft we need to decide that people management is actually a well invested career path. Most developers I know that become Leads are invariably harmless as a manager but spend most of their time deeply technical because they know that’s where the rewards are.
The one bit of advice I can pass on from the previous round of layoffs: don’t leave any HR 1:1 meeting without being absolutely satisfied you know everything you need to know and have everything to move forward. Because once you’re out the door, for all the assurances you’re going to get, it’s super-hard to make a connection for more information and follow-up. Now, excuse me, I’m sure I’ll have a busy morning. And like all of you, I’m keeping an eye out for a sudden HR Generalist meeting that pops up on my calendar until I hear the All Clear. Steve Ballmer is Going to Frickin’ Retire From Microsoft!
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A well prepared blogger, even a crusty spider-web covered 99. I had no such optimism that this would be happening before 2017. To me, this throws the whole in-process re-org upside down. Why re-org under the design of the exiting leader? Even if the Senior Leadership Team goes forward saying that they support the re-org, it’s undermined by everyone who is a part of it now questioning whether the new leader will undo and recraft the decisions being made now. I’d much rather Microsoft be organized under the vision of the new leader and their vision.
How about first crafting the list of skills. Microsoft is huge and complex and Ballmer does has to be respected for running something as crazy as Microsoft to the point where it always seemed like no one could possibly replace him. The first skill I’m putting down on my CEO job requisition is: “Has architected and implemented software features at the Principal level. This is going to be in interesting 2013 Company Meeting.
As for Ballmer’s habit of coming out to an inspirational song, may I suggest Dancing in the Street. Because that’s what my heart is playing right now. And of course, we need an exit song, too. Well, I can’t believe it: Microsoft Announces Leadership Changes to Drive Next Wave of Products.
People walking the hallways tonight at work certainly can’t believe it. I can’t believe it – working at a Microsoft without Sinofsky? But, if you’re going to leave on a high-note, it doesn’t get much better. Sinofsky got a standing ovation from the Windows team during the Company Meeting for all that he’s done to take them on a multi-year journey to create Windows 7 and then hit the big multi-division reset button for Windows 8. He truly demonstrated technical leadership at its best. And I don’t believe his departure rules him out at all for Microsoft CEO.
In fact, I think if he stays in tech and becomes CEO of another company it makes him an even more obvious choice to come back to Microsoft as its leader. Larson-Green: best of luck following this act. Quarterly results time, quarterly post time. What kind of questions do you have the financials and what’s ahead for Microsoft?