Workforce

New Microsoft CEO Unlikely to Stem Defections

Posted In Looking in Tech
Letter of Resignation
After Microsoft announced earlier this year that it was planning a massive re-organization, IT workers at the Redmond giant began to inundate recruiters with their resumes, as they considered bolting. Now that Microsoft has named long-time in-house executive Satya Nadella as its new CEO, will the outflow subside? Several Seattle-area recruiters say it’s unlikely. “People who were thinking of leaving to work on the latest and greatest things elsewhere will say, ‘I don’t see anything changing with the new CEO,’… continue…

How Valve’s Culture Sets It Apart

Posted In Looking in Tech
Half-Life
Like any other game company, Steam’s creator Valve faced challenges in recruiting talent during its early days. As a solution, CEO and Co-Founder Gabe Newell decided to focus on building a strong culture with unique practices. Recently, Newell told the Washington Post that his Bellevue, Wash., company has created a culture of management systems without managers, unlimited vacation and sick time, allowing workers to take on more than one role, and embracing out-of-the-box thinking. The strategy has paid off. Valve’s… continue…

Will ‘Smart Machines’ Decimate Tech Jobs?

Posted In Looking in Tech
Robot
Market pressures to embrace digitization will transform an array of industries – and IT staffs as well, according to a recent Gartner forecast. A digital workforce, comprised of robots and automated machines, has the potential to “significantly devalue and/or displace millions of humans in the workforce,” says Kenneth Brant, Research Director at the firm. He noted that a multifaceted marketplace for engineering a “digital workforce” already exists. This marketplace includes intelligent agents, virtual reality assistants, expert systems and embedded software… continue…

Employees Have a Love/Hate Relationship With BlackBerry

Posted In Looking in Tech
BlackBerry-Thumbnail
It comes as no surprise that life at Blackberry isn’t what it used to be, and employees aren’t being quiet about it. A lack of growth opportunities, a lack of stability and a general lack of fun are all taking their toll. “There aren’t many chances to grow internally,” wrote one current employee on Glassdoor.com, the anonymous employer reviews site. “The company does not retain its top talent. The company did not do a good job of marketing its products,… continue…

Applied Materials Merger Could Spell More Layoffs

Posted In Looking in Tech
Pink-Slip-Thumbnail
Applied Materials’ pending merger with Tokyo Electron is unlikely to be good news for some of the combined companies’ 27,000 worldwide employees. In announcing the merger on Tuesday, the two companies said they expect to achieve $250 million in cost savings the first year and $500 million by the third year. Some of the cost savings may be achieved via layoffs in the sales department and administrative offices, with IT also a possibility. Other savings may result from better price… continue…

BlackBerry Buys Jet As It Cuts Employees

Posted In Looking in Tech
BlackBerry 10
BlackBerry apparently believes in spending money to save money, giving its employees plenty of ammunition to lob at the struggling company. The smartphone maker reportedly shelled out millions of dollars for a corporate jet  that was delivered in July, while at the same time posting weaker than expected earnings and saying it would continue with its cost cutting, aka layoffs. BlackBerry, according to the Wall Street Journal, purchased a Bombardier jet to add to its existing two-plane fleet. These planes… continue…

Sprint to Slash Clearwire Jobs by 75 Percent

Posted In Looking in Tech
Layed Off Employee
Many were not surprised on Friday when Sprint announced it’s slashing the workforce by 75 percent at Clearwire, the wireless Internet company it acquired in July. It’s a case of “My, what beautiful spectrum you have! Employees? Not such a pretty picture and way too many of them.” Many analysts believed Sprint bought Clearwire for the sole purpose of gaining access to more radio frequencies. Radio spectrum is the lifeblood of wireless companies, who need it to acquire more customers… continue…

Cisco to Lay Off 4,000 Workers

CISCO Thumbnail
Cisco plans to lay off 4,000 workers beginning this quarter, the networking giant announced Wednesday. The cuts amount to 5 percent of its workforce. The layoffs come as Cisco anticipates a rocky economic environment and seeks to ensure its expenses remain in line with its revenues, said John Chambers, Cisco CEO, during the company’s fiscal fourth quarter earnings call. “The economy is more mixed and unpredictable than I have ever seen it,” Chambers said. He noted that a large portion… continue…