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Re: Microsoft chief urges bosses to get sacking

  • Subject: Re: Microsoft chief urges bosses to get sacking
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 04 May 2006 06:25:05 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [ nessuno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ] on Thursday 04 May 2006 01:29 \__

> "STEVE BALLMER, the chief executive of Microsoft, urged British
> businessmen yesterday to follow his example and sack as many
> underperforming staff as possible each year.

Take Google as a contrary example. Each employee gets an entire day to do
whatever is perceived as "a cool idea". Many employees are blogging as well,
so long as they don't leak sensitive information.

On the contrary (with emphasis on the first sentence):


,----[ Quote ]
| He's (Bill Gates) a ferocious workaholic, who regularly puts in
| 80-hour weeks, and expects his employees to do the same. And although
| he's something of a visionary, he's not a particularly reliable one;
| he never meets product deadlines, and the goods he so tirelessly promotes
| are mostly vaporware. God, like Gates, owes his power and success less
| to the quality of his product than to his ruthless business sense.
| He's created a near monopoly by outmuscling the competition. You might
| not like this universe, just as you might not like Microsoft's
| clunky programs; but pragmatically speaking, where else do you have
| to go?

> "Mr Ballmer, whose personal worth is $14 billion (£7.8 billion) and
> who seeks to dismiss 6.5 per cent of his global workforce every year,
> said of the best number of staff to axe: 'Whatever you think you can do
> better with, you should double that.'
> "Microsoft, which has 61,000 employees, aims to push out 6.5 per cent
> of its staff each year who are not doing their jobs well enough, Mr
> Ballmer has been quoted as saying....

The greed.

> "Mr Ballmer has moved a step further by championing it as a business
> goal for all. He said that when he joined Bill Gates at Microsoft 26
> years ago there were only 30 employees, but that 'most of them
> weren't very good'."
> http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,5-2153181.html

A knowledgeable guy from AISE (another newsgroup) posted the following
several hours ago (in reply to one of my Google rants):

__/ [ Jim Carlock ] on Thursday 04 May 2006 01:40 \__

> [...]
> Anyways, Google has some definite problems. I wanted to find some
> information about "Microsoft layoffs" and get a fix on how many
> people Microsoft laid off in the last few years. I ran across a link
> while doing a couple search. One at informationweek.com which
> indicated Microsoft released 20,000 United States employees
> and hired 20,000 foreign nationalists (mostly in India I think).
> So I wanted to find all links specifically matching the words:
>   "Microsoft layoffs" site:informationweek.com
> and Google specifically turned up 321 links indicating "Microsoft
> Layoffs". Yahoo on the other hand correctly turned up zero links.
> Altavista seems to run its queries through Google. Some of the
> other things in the Mozilla Search List were interesting but did
> not represent what I really wanted to find. Officially, I've moved
> away from Google myself as my primary search engine and Yahoo
> works for me.
> [...]

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