Back in July, Microsoft announced their largest ever restructuring plan to simplify its organization and align the acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy. As a result of it, Microsoft is announced their plans to eliminate up to 18,000 positions over the next year. Of the total, about 12,500 were from professional and factory positions from the Nokia Devices and Services business acquired by Microsoft. At that time, Microsoft expected these plans to be substantially complete by Dec. 31, 2014, and fully completed by June 30, 2015. Microsoft cut 13,000 employees total in the first wave back in July. Today, Mary Jo Foley reported that second round of layoffs will be announced on Sep 15th this week.
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).
Microsoft filed their listing to Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) with the detail that they are going to layoff 1351 employees with the process starting on September 15th.
I guess this is the second round of layoffs they are referring to. Anyway, we will come to know about it soon.