Microsoft employees leaving due to (and blogging about) malaise smothering company

“Microsoft employees are becoming increasingly vocal about the ‘funk’ that the company finds itself in,’ Martin LaMonica writes in CNET’s Microsoft Blog.

“A number of blogging company employees have bared their souls, complaining about the problems they see at the software giant,’ LaMonica writes. “Lenn Pryor, in explaining why he is leaving job of director for platform at Microsoft for a position at Sykpe, said this: ‘I just couldn’t go on being an evangelist for a gospel that I don’t believe I can sing.'”

“On Monday, Dare Obasanjo, who works for Microsoft’s MSN division, described himself as one of many employees trying to ‘find somewhere at Microsoft that isn’t overwhelmed by the current malaise that has smothered main campus,'” LaMonica writes, “And in one more indicator, another Microsoft employee blogging under the name Microsophist says that bloggers will push company founder Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer out of Microsoft.”

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  1. I’ve always seen Microsoft as a balloon slowly filling with more and more air. There comes a point at which the balloon can hold no more air and explodes.

  2. It seems that more accountability is being placed on the executives now-a-days. And rightfully so!
    I’m sure Microsoft has a lot of talented people working that the executives are just to ignorant to manage properly or even have the vision to manage.
    If Billy thinks that releasing XP-64 is going to cushion the blow that Tiger is about to deal, he’s as foolish as his underlings…

  3. Well.. what do you guys think.. Ballmer is loud and brash, but is this a result of Bill Gates stepping down..

    I mean.. do you think the company has lost direction because of that..?

    SJ said he thought so… Ballmer’s a salesman, he doesn’t talk product, he talks product as if it were a commodity, he talks sales numbers…

  4. “trying to ‘find somewhere at Microsoft that isn’t overwhelmed by the current malaise”

    Try the Mac Biz Unit ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”tongue wink” style=”border:0;” />

    I hadn’t considered the effect on Microsoft employee morale the relentless improvements on OSX Apple is making. It’s gotta be really hard going to work day after day knowing you can’t keep up with the “little guys” no matter how hard you try or how good you are as an individual. I don’t want to condescend, but Microsoft can’t get a better OS until they they break from their legacy. Their legacy seems too tied into their business model. Tough break that. Guess Bill didn’t look far enough down “The Road Ahead” >snicker<

  5. I hope that Steve Ballmer is the CEO of Microsoft until the day the company goes out of business. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  6. I meant:

    I hadn’t considered the effect on Microsoft employee morale the relentless improvements on OSX Apple is making would have.

    English is my first language –sigh

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