Last Updated: January 20, 2023, 17:07 IST
Amid the latest round of layoffs in the tech industry, Microsoft also joined the list recently laying off about 10,000 employees or almost 5 per cent of its total workforce. Sacked employees of various companies are taking to social media to inform about being laid off and share their emotions.
One such person is Prashant Kamani, who has just been fired by Microsoft as part of the layoffs. He joined Microsoft around 21 years ago as his first job after college. “I feel a sense of gratitude more than anything else,” he said in a LinkedIn post sharing the news of his layoff.
“Today I was informed that my position at Microsoft has been eliminated. As I reflect on it today, I feel a sense of gratitude more than anything else. Microsoft was my first job after college, and I still remember coming over to a foreign land all nervous and excited, wondering what life has in store for me,” he said.
Kamani added that after working for over 21 years at Microsoft, multiple roles, multiple organizations, as an IC and as a manager, client, hybrid and services software, V1 products and V10+, UX, backend and everything in between, “I can truly say it’s been very fulfilling and rewarding”.
He said, “I was watching a documentary “Stutz” the other day, in which Dr. Stutz says there are three aspects of reality – Pain, Uncertainty and Constant Work. You grow by working through and dealing with the pain and uncertainty. And you achieve happiness by not relying on the outcome but embracing the process. I’ll try to internalize that as I go through this journey.”
Recently, Microsoft announced that it would sack 10,000 employees — almost five per cent of its total workforce — in the days to come amid concerns over a global economic downturn. The job cuts were “in response to macroeconomic conditions and changing customer priorities,” the maker of the Windows operating system said in a US regulatory filing. Microsoft is the latest to cut jobs after Facebook and Amazon as the bloodbath in the tech sector, which began last year, continues into 2023.
In July and August also, Microsoft announced layoffs.
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