It wasn’t the platform of Nokia X which was booted out of Microsoft today , some 18,000 employees will also be shown the door in the coming year at Microsoft with Ex Nokia employees taking the worst at 12,500 are earmarked to be lay off.
In his letter to Microsoft employees , CEO Satya Nadella said
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.
On the ‘bright’ side these employees will be offered a severance package along with help in job transition.
I believe those who left Nokia early during their Microsoft take over , did the right thing , as they left in dignity meanwhile , it offers a great opportunity for Samsung , LG and others to grab the ex Nokia employees with their vast experience in phone manufacturing.