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July 19, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Microsoft imposes new rules on contract workers, requiring 6-month break from access

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Microsoft is imposing new restrictions on those who work for the company through vendors and temp agencies. The new rules limit those workers to 18 months of access to Microsoft buildings and corporate networks, after which they will be required to take a 6-month break from access.

The move could affect tens of thousands of contractors who work at Microsoft in various roles from software development to content provision. (Microsoft has always declined to say how many such “external staff” it uses.)


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July 17, 2014 at 5:35 AM

Microsoft laying off 18,000; at least 1,351 in Puget Sound area affected

This photo taken with a fisheye lens on July 3 shows Microsoft Corp. signage outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond. Microsoft announced Thursday it will lay off up to 18,000 workers over the next year.  (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren)

This photo taken with a fisheye lens on July 3 shows Microsoft Corp. signage outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond. Microsoft announced Thursday it will lay off up to 18,000 workers over the next year. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren)

Microsoft announced the biggest layoff in its history Thursday as CEO Satya Nadella said the company will cut 18,000 jobs — about 14  percent of the company’s workforce — over the next year.

Of those cuts, at least 1,351 will come from the Puget Sound area. That’s about 3 percent of the approximately 43,000 employees Microsoft has in this area.


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May 6, 2009 at 6:11 PM

Products affected by latest Microsoft layoffs

We’re getting some more details about products that are being affected by the latest Microsoft layoffs. They include: Massive, the game advertising firm Microsoft had acquired; Response Point, the small-business voice over IP service; and .NET Micro Framework, the development platform for creating services for small devices. Massive’s staff will be reduced 28 percent, according to…


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May 5, 2009 at 6:45 PM

BTW, Windows 7 release candidate now available

A second wave of layoffs at Microsoft was announced today, including 1,200 cuts locally, Cinco de Mayo and…oh yeah…the Windows 7 release candidate is available publicly. Get your hot, freshly brewed release candidate here. The release candidate is the final testing version of the software before Microsoft ships it to computer makers to install…


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May 5, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Advice from Microsoft worker laid off in January on how to find next job

So you’ve been laid off from Microsoft and you’re wondering what you’re going to do next. I just spoke to Noel Paterson, a program manager who was laid off from Microsoft’s Games group in January after three years at the company.

Paterson said that on Jan. 22 he was pulled into a conference room with about 15 people and told they were all being let go. His director talked, then the human resources people gave each a packet of information about a severance package and career assistance. Then they told him to go home and talk to family, and he came back the next day to pick up his stuff and tie up any loose ends.

Paterson started the Facebook group The Microsoft 1400 to support other people who were laid off in January. He has since found a new job at GameHouse Studios. Here’s his advice on how to get on with your life and find a new job:


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May 5, 2009 at 7:22 AM

More layoffs at Microsoft today, says company e-mail from Steve Ballmer

Update 10:37 a.m.: Today’s layoffs at Microsoft will affect about 1,200 positions in Washington state, according to the state’s Employment Security department. Communications director Sheryl Hutchison said the Microsoft has not yet filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification with the department but has indicated that it will. In January, Microsoft filed a WARN notice for…


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April 20, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Analyst: More layoffs at Microsoft possible

Sid Parakh, analyst at McAdams Wright Ragen, released a report today ahead of Microsoft’s earnings report saying that Microsoft could be considering job cuts beyond the 5,000 announced in January. “As a likely consequence of tougher business conditions, our checks indicate that Microsoft may embark on another round of restructuring in the near future,” Parakh wrote….


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April 13, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Free Microsoft software training for 30,000 in Washington state

Microsoft will offer 30,000 vouchers for free software training to help people in Washington get learn how to use Microsoft software. Gov. Chris Gregoire and Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith made the announcement this morning at a press conference at the YWCA Opportunity Place in downtown Seattle. Microsoft first announced its job training program, Elevate…


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March 23, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Microsoft’s January layoffs took effect today

Today, March 23, marks the last day on the payroll for Microsoft employees notified in January that their jobs were being cut. “They will receive their severance payout, additional pay for healthcare costs, and will continue to be eligible to use outplacement services for a defined period of time,” a company spokeswoman said via e-mail. The…


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March 3, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Microsoft vendors and contingent workers total more than 79,000, on top of direct employees

It’s widely known that Microsoft has a large contingent work force in addition to its 96,000 direct, regular employees worldwide. But the company has never publicly quantified these workers, who typically work through third-party firms and do everything from mow the lawns to write software. According to numbers reviewed by The Seattle Times, Microsoft has roughly…


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