Microsoft today laid off an additional 3,000 workers, which nearly finishes up the 18,000 job cuts CEO Satya Nadella announced in July. Of the 3,000 positions dropped, 638 were in the Puget Sound region, bringing the regional total to about 2,700.
“We’ve taken another step that will complete almost all the 18,000 reductions announced in July,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement. “The reductions happening today are spread across many different business units, and many different countries.”
The layoffs have been a defining aspect of Nadella’s tenure. In the July memo that kicked off the layoffs, Nadella said the trims were aimed at eliminating redundant Nokia positions and simplifying ” the way we work to drive greater accountability, become more agile and move faster.” About 12,500 of the cuts have come from the Nokia smartphone workforce, the acquisition of which added 25,000 jobs to Microsoft’s payroll.
Microsoft cut 13,000 jobs in July and 2,100 more in September. Nadella coupled the layoffs with his shift to a “mobile-first and cloud-first” focus within the company.
The 18,000 positions trimmed represented about 14 percent of Microsoft’s workforce. Laid-off employees received a severance package and job transition services.