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.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Couldn’t be happening to a more deserving outfit. Moo.

Read this, it’s funny: http://minimsft.blogspot.com/2005/03/better-off-without-ballmer.html

For Microsoft employees that still dream of innovating: http://www.apple.com/jobs/

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41 Comments

  1. Microsoft is definitely not a growth company or innovator. I am sure there are lots of really smart people at Microsoft spinning their wheels wondering why they have not jumped ship to something better.

    I would be interested in the people leaving Longhorn development dept.—-wonder how many there are that are leaving, what is the fallout rate?

    Steve Ballmer should go. Until he leaves Microsoft will continue to wither…staying alive only because it has such an entrenched monopoly with its OS.

  2. “Microsoft leadership lacks vision. Bill Gates is where he is because he is a tenacious and fierce competitor. Neither he nor any of his henchmen have the imagination or social instincts to catch or generate the next big wave. We missed the incredibly high margin business that Google and Yahoo created around search. We missed the music business Apple created around ITunes and IPod. We missed the [freaking] Internet!”

    http://minimsft.blogspot.com/

  3. http://minimsft.blogspot.com/

    3) Creativity is not a part of its corporate culture, and it never has been. Microsoft made its money doing a better job of executing other people’s good ideas. I can’t think of anything revolutionary that Microsoft has produced. The next big thing and every other big thing after that will not come out of Redmond.

    4) Microsoft leadership lacks vision. Bill Gates is where he is because he is a tenacious and fierce competitor. Neither he nor any of his henchmen have the imagination or social instincts to catch or generate the next big wave. We missed the incredibly high margin business that Google and Yahoo created around search. We missed the music business Apple created around ITunes and IPod. We missed the [freaking] Internet!

    Greatness is all about potential, and you need the right environment to bring it out. Most of the “mediocrity” you see at Microsoft these days is the result of systemic paralysis.

  4. Can you imagine? I can. I worked for WorldCom briefly when they bought us, but I lept like a rat from a sinking ship after selling my stock. Two years later WorldCom was bankrupt.

    MS is in now way WorldCom or Enron, but giant mega corps will collapse under their own weight just like the Roman empire, just like the good ol USA is doing now, sadly.

    There’s still hope. MS could turn it around if they spun off some divisions. Maybe the US govt needs to do the same.

  5. Microsoft is a dinosaur in a world that is changing rapidly. They can’t respond to technical challenges, have a bloated marketshare that they can’t manage, and a technology that has seen it’s better days behind.

    It’s not just Ballmer, but it’s the whole PC commodity mindshare that is trying to deliver it’s OLD technologies as an appliance to an intelligent market that knows that the appliance is still being tested.

    ENTER…. TIGER, LINUX, and UNIX……

  6. Imagine getting up every day, going into the office, and working your arse off just to make Bill and Monkeyboy even more money.

    The fact the bloggers only leaving and not jumping off high buildings is a blessing.

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