Everyone has a breaking point, I guess. Microsoft employees usually have an easygoing attitude with whatever top level changes the company goes through. Usually.
But it appears that their feelings are mixed regarding the ongoing reorganization.
Former CEO Steve Ballmer kicked off the companywide restructuring process, which was supposed to last around a year. In the past few months, Redmond has seen a new head, several exits, more than a few leadership changes, and not to mention a lengthy layoff drive.
It was only last week that Microsoft handed pink slips to another 3,000 workers.
The acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services unit resulted in the reorganization process taking more than a year, and the changes are still going on.
And events like these are more than enough to make people feel unsettled.
One Microsoft employee recently shared his thoughts on the internal watercooler chat within the company, and explained that in most cases, these wholesale changes art not a healthy sign — not in a company that has more than 100,000 employees on its payroll.
This is what he said:
“When you have these transitions and they keep continuing, that sort of thing wears on a lot of people.”
He further added that while most workers think that Satya Nadella is a good leader, there are frustrations among some groups. Morale, you can say is low, and could use an uplift.
Surprisingly, some employees also maintain that the former CEO, Steve Ballmer, was also on the right track and had a vision that could have been right for Microsoft in the short term. However, everyone is behind this mobile first, cloud first strategy that Nadella has put forth.