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11.01.08

Quick Mention: Layoffs at Microsoft Begin

Posted in Microsoft at 5:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Axe sign

Down goes the axe

As budgets are being cut at Microsoft and debt looms, Microsoft lets some people go.

Microsoft’s online ad agency Razorfish laid off 40 staff in its New York office this afternoon, citing a dropoff in business from the financial services sector.

That rumoured hiring freeze makes a lot more sense now [1, 2].

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6 Comments

  1. Rui Miguel Silva Seabra said,

    November 1, 2008 at 6:21 am

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    In Portugal, they’ve stopped advertisement on the newspaper bag of the biggest weekly edition, Expresso.

    At first I thought it was a “summer” thing, but now we’re in November and still no Microsoft Ad.

    Even the HP ad on the other side of the bag doesn’t even mention Windows anymore :)

    I was saying that either in 2008 or 2009 they’d file for Chapter 11. Now I don’t think it’ll happen in 2008 (unless it is all of a sudden), but it increasingly looks like it will happen.

  2. Rui Miguel Silva Seabra said,

    November 1, 2008 at 6:22 am

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    Oh, and the Microsoft ad was replaced by a soy beverage ad :)

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    November 1, 2008 at 6:33 am

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    I’ll drink to that.

  4. Needs Sunlight said,

    November 1, 2008 at 9:55 am

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    Again, what’s going to happen when these show up in a real business and get mistaken by HR for IT workers? They have no skills and come directly from a highly toxic work culture. Most of them don’t even know the right names for technologies or have an awareness of the right tools or even the right design methods. What place in society do they have?

    It’s like when the messy neighbor sets of a roach bomb instead of cleaning house. All the cockroaches move into the clean apartments and cause extra work for those that kept things clean all along.

    Taking on even one MSFTer can be enough to sink smaller departments.

  5. Jonathan HR dude said,

    November 1, 2008 at 11:04 am

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    Here’s some advice to those out of work. Here’s 3 new job sites just added to the About.com top 10 job site list –

    http://www.linkedin.com (professional networking)
    http://www.indeed.com (aggregated job listings)
    http://www.realmatch.com (matches you to the perfect job)

    Good luck to all those searching for jobs.

  6. Roy Schestowitz said,

    November 3, 2008 at 3:13 am

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    I’ve just received the following message in response to my message “Layoff at Microsoft”.

    Thats true. In MS.Live group it [the layoffs] already started. In this time, May GOD saves contractors or also may GOD saves from indian companies lobby/politics like infosys, wipro, tata etc.

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