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.
Wall Street loved the news. Main Street not so much – even though roughly 12,000 of the 18,000 are coming from Nokia. I guess it’s the point that one of the most profitable businesses on earth needs a substantially lower amount of people that bothers everyone. Witness below:
Cartoon by Randy Bish, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Cartoon by Jeffrey Boyer, Times-Union