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February 23, 2009

Microsoft Asks Laid-off Workers to Return Overpaid Severance

Microsoft is asking some of the workers it laid off in late January to pay back money they were given in excess of their severance packages. The Redmond-based company is blaming an accounting error and expects repayments within two weeks.

After making 1400 staff redundant, Microsoft reportedly overpaid some of those former employees and underpaid others at the same time. Those who were overpaid were reportedly sent letters requesting for a refund.

Source: PC World

February 10, 2009

Next round of Microsoft layoffs: 872 in March.

According to the Washington State WARN filings, Microsoft is going to lay off 872 employees at Redmond starting March 23rd.

The company earlier announced cutting 5000 jobs within 18 month from January 2009.

January 25, 2009

US senator asks Microsoft about job cuts, H1B visas

According to Reuters: “A U.S. senator has asked Microsoft Corp about its plans to slash up to 5,000 jobs, urging the world’s biggest software company to preserve the jobs of Americans ahead of foreigners working on visas.

“The letter asked Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer to provide a breakdown of the jobs to be eliminated, and how many of those are individuals with H-1B visas and how many are Americans. Grassley also wants to know what the breakdown will be when the layoffs are complete.”

“I am concerned that Microsoft will be retaining foreign guest workers rather than similarly qualified American employees when it implements its layoff plan […] Microsoft has a moral obligation to protect these American workers by putting them first during these difficult economic times”, said Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican.

January 23, 2009

Microsoft Makes Big Cuts At Flight Simulator Studio

Redmond, Washington-based ACES Studio, the Microsoft-owned internal group behind the venerable Microsoft Flight Simulator series, has been heavily affected by Microsoft’s ongoing job cuts.

A large portion of the dev house’s staff has been let go – with multiple reports indicating that the entire Flight Simulator team has been axed.

Update: Microsoft has confirmed the closure of ACES Studio. Former ACES developer Phil Taylor claims in a blog post that six employees were retained to fulfill contractual duties, and Flight Simulator may continue to exist as a franchise in some other form.

Source: Gamasutra

January 22, 2009

Microsoft slashes up to 5,000 jobs

Software maker Microsoft Corp. announced Thursday it will cut up to 5,000 jobs in the next year and a half, or 5.5% of its global workforce, citing further deterioration of global economic conditions.

Microsoft will slash 1,400 positions immediately, with the rest of the cuts coming by June 2010. The company also said it will freeze employees’ pay in 2009.

Source: CNNMoney

January 21, 2009

Microsoft expected to cut jobs as profit weakens

According to Reuters: “Microsoft Corp is expected to post a quarterly profit that misses its own target and announce thousands of job cuts this week as the global economic slump hurts even the technology industry’s biggest players.”

“Checks indicate that Microsoft is likely to engage in headcount reductions to the tune of 6,000 to 8,000 employees or 6 percent to 8 percent of its 95,000 workforce, ” said McAdams Wright Ragen analyst Sid Parakh. Other analysts suggest the cost reductions may occur in the next few weeks and could also include more targeted cutbacks and attrition, rather than the big number of layoffs that some have speculated.

  • Microsoft has declined to comment on any likelihood of job cuts.

January 15, 2009

Microsoft Layoffs today?

Filed under: Microsoft,US — 7macaw @ 7:50 am
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It was reported earlier that today is the day when layoffs at Microsoft are to begin.

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Update 1 (1-15-2009): Microsoft Corp is considering significant layoffs across its various divisions, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. A Microsoft spokesman declined to comment on layoff rumors, according to Reuters

Update (1-21-2009): Microsoft expected to cut jobs as profit weakens

Update 2 (1-22-2009): Microsoft slashes up to 5,000 jobs

Update 3 (1-23-2009): Microsoft has shutdown the ACES game studio (Microsoft Flight Simulator) and axed the entire staff

Update 4 (1-25-2009): US senator asks Microsoft about job cuts, H1B visas

Update 5 (1-28-2009): Microsoft to layoff some H1B visa holders

Update 6 (2-3-2009)Microsoft hiring continues despite layoffs

January 5, 2009

Microsoft Readies Cuts; Though Big Layoffs Unlikely

According to NBCBayArea: “Microsoft will embark on a significant cost-cutting initiative in 2009, which might begin as early as this month, to offset a global slowdown in sales. However, sources tell Jim Goldman of CNBC, the cuts will largely be handled through attrition and the non-renewal of contract employees, rather than through a rumored, sweeping layoff.

“Rumors of a broad workforce reduction at the world’s largest software maker have been swirling since a blog post last week purported to show that Microsoft was preparing to lay off as many as 15,000 employees, or 17 percent of its workforce. A Microsoft source tells Goldman that the speculation is “grossly exaggerated,” but added that “any company not paying careful attention to headcount in a climate like this is nuts.” Calls and emails to Microsoft Saturday morning were not immediately returned.”

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