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April 29, 2006

Microsoft employee reaction to the 3Q earnings report

Posted by David Hunter at 10:18 AM ET.

Scot Hillis at Reuters observes that Microsoft’s disappointing 3Q earnings report is causing turmoil that extends beyond Wall Street in Microsoft profit miss may be latest blow to morale:

Microsoft Corp.’s share price may not be the only casualty of the software powerhouse’s surprise earnings miss.

It might also hit company morale, becoming the latest gripe of employees who are already disillusioned with product delays and a once high-flying stock that has stagnated for the past three years, analysts said.

“There are some folks who have been there for a long time and who will resent the way things are being run as a bureaucracy. And maybe they were there for the big stock run-up and they’re seeing the stock not move now,” said Matt Rosoff, analyst with Directions on Microsoft.

“If you think things are not being run well, then yesterday will lend credence to your arguments,” Rosoff said.

Minimsft, a popular blog run by a Microsoft employee who advocates a drastic slimming-down of the company, lamented the results, exclaiming: “Yee-ouch! Right in the kisser!”

Wryly remarking on the idea that Microsoft could eventually pull out of the doldrums, the anonymous author wrote: “It is always just a few quarters out. For what, the last five years?”

Head on over to MiniMicrosoft yourself to get the full flavor of the anonymous venting going on.

Filed under Employee Retention, General Business, Microsoft

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