Microsoft Cuts 3,000 Jobs, Finishing Layoffs
The bad news: Microsoft cut another 3,000 employees today. The good news: this is pretty much the last of the layoffs announced by CEO Satya Nadella this summer.
In a statement, a Microsoft spokesperson said the reductions are taking place across a variety of teams in many different countries, though there’s no word as to which departments will be hit hardest.
“We’ve taken another step that will complete almost all the 18,000 reductions announced in July,” the spokesperson said.
Today’s cuts follow two previous rounds of layoffs. Microsoft kicked things off in July, axing 13,000 in the first wave before cutting another 2,100 workers in September.
GeekWire reported that about 638 of today’s layoffs were in the Seattle area, for a total of 2,700 layoffs in Microsoft’s home region, where the company employed some 42,500 people at the end of September. The report noted that many of the downsized positions were in support roles, including finance, human resources, sales, and marketing.
The reductions come as Microsoft works to integrate the Nokia handset business it acquired in April for $7.2 billion. Following the Nokia deal, Microsoft’s employee headcount rose from about 99,000 last year to 127,000. About 12,500 of the 18,000 layoffs came from Nokia, including professional and factory workers.
In a July memo to employees, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, pictured, said the company would largely nix work on Android-based devices. “We plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows,” he wrote. “This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps.”