În încercarea de a consolida businessul Microsoft (mai ales după integrarea producătorului finlandez de telefoane Nokia), gigantul software va renunţa la peste 18.000 de angajaţi, cea mai mare rundă de concedieri din istoria companiei.
Potrivit CEO-ului, Satya Nadella, campania de restructurări, în urma căreia vor pleca circa 14% dintre angajaţii Microsoft, reprezintă capătul de drum pentru 12.500 de oameni din fabricile Nokia (circa jumătate din personalul adăugat după achiziţie).
În ceea ce priveşte Microsoft, reducerile de personal vizează oameni din poziţii de vânzări, marketing şi inginerie. Campania de concedieri va fi finalizată în vara anului viitor şi se pare că va costa Microsoft între 1,1 şi 1,6 miliarde de dolari în compensaţii oferite angajaţilor. Primul val a fost demarat începând cu data de 17 iulie şi vizează 13.000 de angajaţi care vor pleca în următoarele şase luni.
Potrivit unui email trimis de Nadella anagajaţilor Microsoft, compania va avea mai puţine “straturi” de management şi va schimba forţa de vânzare. “Primul pas în construirea unei organizaţii potrivite pentru ambiţiile noastre este realinierea forţei de muncă”, a mai scrie el în acel mail.
Satya Nadella a preluat în luna februarie conducerea producătorului american de software de la Steva Ballmer, iar unul dintre joburile sale este remodelarea structurii companiei pentru a o face mai competitivă cu rivalii săi. El trebuie să aducă economii anuale de 600 de milioane de dolari din deal-ul cu Nokia care a adăugat 25.000 de muncitori în portofoliul companiei, ridicând numărul total la 127.000 de persoane.
Revenind la emailul trimis anagajaţilor, acesta mai conţine o informaţie importantă: Microsoft nu va mai face telefoane cu Android prin intermediul Nokia. “Plănuim să schimbăm produsele Nokia X în produsel Lumia care să funcţioneze pe baza Windows”.
Modificarea vine la scurt timp după ce compania începuse să prezinte telefoane Nokia cu Android, deşi are propriul sistem de operare pentru gadgeturi mobile, Windows Phone.
Iată mailul CEO-ul Microsoft (via Business Insider):
From: Satya Nadella
To: All Employees
Date: July 17, 2014 at 5:00 a.m. PT
Subject: Starting to Evolve Our Organization and Culture
Last week in my email to you I synthesized our strategic direction as a productivity and platform company. Having a clear focus is the start of the journey, not the end. The more difficult steps are creating the organization and culture to bring our ambitions to life. Today I’ll share more on how we’re moving forward. On July 22, during our public earnings call, I’ll share further specifics on where we are focusing our innovation investments.
The first step to building the right organization for our ambitions is to realign our workforce. With this in mind, we will begin to reduce the size of our overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year. Of that total, our work toward synergies and strategic alignment on Nokia Devices and Services is expected to account for about 12,500 jobs, comprising both professional and factory workers. We are moving now to start reducing the first 13,000 positions, and the vast majority of employees whose jobs will be eliminated will be notified over the next six months. It’s important to note that while we are eliminating roles in some areas, we are adding roles in certain other strategic areas. My promise to you is that we will go through this process in the most thoughtful and transparent way possible. We will offer severance to all employees impacted by these changes, as well as job transition help in many locations, and everyone can expect to be treated with the respect they deserve for their contributions to this company.
Later today your Senior Leadership Team member will share more on what to expect in your organization. Our workforce reductions are mainly driven by two outcomes: work simplification as well as Nokia Devices and Services integration synergies and strategic alignment.
First, we will simplify the way we work to drive greater accountability, become more agile and move faster. As part of modernizing our engineering processes the expectations we have from each of our disciplines will change. In addition, we plan to have fewer layers of management, both top down and sideways, to accelerate the flow of information and decision-making. This includes flattening organizations and increasing the span of control of people managers. In addition, our business processes and support models will be more lean and efficient with greater trust between teams. The overall result of these changes will be more productive, impactful teams across Microsoft. These changes will affect both the Microsoft workforce and our vendor staff. Each organization is starting at different points and moving at different paces.
Second, we are working to integrate the Nokia Devices and Services teams into Microsoft. We will realize the synergies to which we committed when we announced the acquisition last September. The first-party phone portfolio will align to Microsoft’s strategic direction. To win in the higher price tiers, we will focus on breakthrough innovation that expresses and enlivens Microsoft’s digital work and digital life experiences. In addition, we plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows. This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps.
Making these decisions to change are difficult, but necessary. I want to invite you to my monthly Q&A event tomorrow. I hope you can join, and I hope you will ask any question that’s on your mind. Thank you for your support as we start to take steps forward in evolving our organization and culture.