Microsoft Reorg


Well, you may have already heard by now about our reorg announcement today. As of now, I don’t think I’ll be affected directly since I don’t sit in a business division, but have to say that a little change makes things interesting. Though I couldn’t have articulated the need for this change very eloquently before it took place, it makes complete sense to me! It’s about being market driven, if you ask me (nobody did, but this is my blog so I am just going to pretend).


Hopefully, within the groups, this change will make collaboration with the right people easier and will allow for decisions that make individual products work better with each other, allow for some new thinking on existing product teams, meet customers needs better and push us into new markets (did I forget anything?).


I generally expect a reorg (which isn’t a bad word here like it is other places) every 2 years or so…guess we were due for one. If I hear more info on how this changes the way we work or how we market here (better, I suspect), I’ll share.


Before anyone asks, yes, the positions that were open yesterday are still open today (with the exception of the ones we filled within the last 24 hours). No change in how we are hiring as far as I know. Sentiment around here is that this is a good thing.

Comments (4)

  1. Scott Allen says:

    You forgot "increase shareholder value". 🙂

  2. HeatherLeigh says:

    Ack…Scott, after writing that article last week, I can’t believe I forgot that one! It’s practically tattooed on my forehead. Sheesh! ; )_

  3. Brad says:

    In this week’s BusinessWeek (Sept 26) there is an article about Microsoft’Troubling Exits at Microsoft’. I was wondering what your thoughts were on this topic.

    (In particular, with regard to going out and getting those ‘top performers’ that we all want and need.)

    One thing that caught my eye was Ballmer’s comment that 85% of employees report they are proud of working for MS – but does that not really mean about 1 in 6 is not? I worry about corporate communications messages like that – Dell says it has great Support, then one person with a blog shows the disconnect between the two.

    Anyway – keep up the great site!

  4. HeatherLeigh says:

    Brad-I just posted about this with a link to John Porcaro’s blog. Look, we hire some of the smartest people in the industry. I hope that if there’s something that’s making someone unhappy, that they (being the smart people they are) are doing something about it. People should seek out where they feel the most valued, empowered, effective, etc. I hope it’s Microsoft, but if it’s not, they should really look for where they are going to be happy. We are not perfect here. I’ve brought up things that I would like to see changed in my work-group (less meetings). But I have to say that what issues I have experienced here are dwarfed by the issues I’ve seen at previous employers.

    I guess all I can say is I am here and I’m happy and I’m not a PR wonk. I can’t imagine working anyplace that made me unhappy. And to this day, nobody has been able to offer me a situation as good as I have going on here (and it’s been tried). Now, I just want to say that if anyone is reading this that is responsible for my promotion schedule and/or my rewards, do not take this as any kind of indication that you need to stop loving me ; ) If my level of happiness ever changes and I am not effective in impacting what is making me unhappy here, I’ll look for something else. But I’ve been here 6 years and so far, so good.

    Hope that provides some clarity on my perspective. A few peopole have asked me to comment on the article. Thanks for asking.