A former Microsoft executive today argued that Microsoft could easily cut 30,000 to 40,000 employees. The unnamed worker claimed that CEO Steve Ballmer organizes every division identically. While it keeps the company simple, it also creates unnecessary overhead and isn't as effective as it could be, the executive told SAI.
Many of the roles themselves are also considered duplicates, to the point where the company is often sorting out internal organizational matters rather than focusing on the products it needs.
Microsoft employs more than 92,000 people, about a third of which were added since 2000. The company has said it maintains a policy of never firing good employees when avoidable and only instituted some of its first job cuts during the financial crisis last year, when it suffered rare revenue declines.