San Francisco: Microsoft has laid off 276 employees, mostly from customer service, support and sales teams, in a fresh round of job cuts.
As Geek Wire reports, the new job cuts “outpace the 10,000 global layoffs Microsoft announced on January 18th.”
Microsoft fired 276 employees in Washington state. According to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN), the reductions will affect 210 employees and 66 virtual employees in the company’s Bellevue and Redmond offices.
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“Organizational and workforce adjustments are a necessary and routine part of managing our business,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement.
“We will continue to prioritize and invest in strategic growth areas for our future and in support of our customers and partners,” the spokesperson said.
The job cuts were revealed by several posts on LinkedIn, the leading professional networking platform, targeting customer support and sales jobs in Teams.
In May, Microsoft cut 158 jobs in Washington state that were not part of the previously announced 10,000.
According to reports, more than 2,700 Seattle-area employees were affected by the layoffs announced earlier this year. Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella announced in January that the company would “make changes that result in a reduction of 10,000 jobs across our total workforce by the end of FY23 Q3 (third quarter)”.
The tech giant had over 220,000 employees (as reported earlier this year).