Can you guess how Stephen Elop addressed the employees that Microsoft is giving the pink slip to?

Can you guess how Stephen Elop addressed the employees that Microsoft is giving the pink slip to?

Among yesterday's burst of news that came out straight from Microsoft, one story in particular came with a higher amount of dismal and will surely affect a large number of people. That's right, we are talking about Microsoft's layoff plans to give the walking tickets to roughly 18,000 of its employees, 12,500 of which are former Nokia workers. While the tech company says that it will provide adequate severance pay to the discharged workforce, it's still sad to see so many people lose their jobs.

The person that announced the massive layoff was no other than Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, but Stephen Elop, the ex-head of Nokia, which is now part of Microsoft, also addressed the soon-to-be-unemployed former Nokia workers in an elaborate memo. Similar to his "burning platform" memo (we bet Mr. Elop has a thing for memos), his latest piece of writing also comes with a rather gloomy tone. The memo makes it perfectly clear that Microsoft doesn't perform as good as it desires on the smartphone market. Elop's opening words, however, are regarded by many as rather inappropriate. Why, exactly?
Well, the ex-Nokia CEO, who is now an executive VP of Microsoft, started his memo with "Hello there". While this might be perfectly okay for an informal letter, many critics quickly took jabs at Stephen Elop and stated that his salute was downright "brutal", while some black humor devotees regarded Elop's opening words as "priceless" and "classic". 

This is not the first time Elop receives such a negative backlash. Back in September 2013, Elop took advantage of a particular clause in his contract and was given a $25-million compensation. Elop refused to reconsider taking the so-called "golden parachute", because he had been in the process of divorcing his wife and her attorneys wouldn't have given him a permission to do so. 

So, with everything being taken into account, what's your opinion? Were Stephen Elop's opening words harsh or some people are just overreacting?

Here's Stephen Elop's full memo:


source: Times of India, The Wall Street Journal

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91 Comments

1. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

He only need 2 sentences to fired 12,500, and of course he talk about microsoft product.

41. sgodsell

Posts: 6737; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Elop told them "Where do you want to go today?". It can be any where, just not here.

56. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

My boss always says at the end of the day, "You don't have to go home, but you gotta get the hell out of here." He spares us the novel.

91. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

The ultimate betrayal by Elop. He betrayed Nokia, its shareholders and now the staff too!

47. Ashoaib

Posts: 3260; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I didnt like elop or flop for termiting nokia and now I also dont like nadella for bed bugging so many people...

50. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Vintage Elop. He will be arrogant to the day he dies.

53. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Don't worry, karma, God will get him, for what he's done

74. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

God is a fairytale...

81. torr310

Posts: 1619; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Elop arose, then Microsoft demised.

66. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Elop is a douche.

80. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

How he still has a job in the industry is mind-blowing.

84. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Apparently competence isn't a requirement for running MS

87. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Because he was a secret weapon. Microsoft might sent him to apple, or bb, or google, or intel, or amd, or maybe wells fargo bank.

89. aksa123

Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Actually, he only needs to say 3 words : YOU ARE FIRED !!!

2. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Probably 80 percent of them will end up in a part time minimum wage job. And when youre above 50, chances are you will never get a job again.

21. Trolloftheyear

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 16, 2014

Eflop is a burden for humanity.

90. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I just want to know Bill Gates' comment on this.

3. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I have been aid off before and thought more about my severance money and getting a new Job more than what an exec says. It's always an awkward circumstance for People to try to talk to People they have to say your "JOB IS GONE" Thanks for your great service. God Bless you! best of luck, GOOD BYE! Nothing a person can say can really take the shock away. Each person must know they will go on and will find a way to SURVIVE!

64. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Yeah been there too. When our company closed down, our CEO made the best possible email ever. Contained everything I wanted to hear/read. something like this: "Our company is closing down. Everyone have until the end of the day to pack up your stuff, go home, and tell your family about it. Wait for your check on (date here). If you are free tomorrow I'll be n the pub below, beer's on me."

78. Roynz

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

:) same here... sad part of modern ruthless business

4. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

That's not cool. That's not how you do it. By firing employees you're not developing your business.

5. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

They mostly firing the Asha team, and nokia X team.

39. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Oh well why didn't you say so earlier. That makes the whole thing less of a humanitarian crisis. I mean those teams' members can hardly be considered human so it doesn't really matter.

75. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Yup, those 12.000 peeps working on Nokia X development...

6. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Now I'm terrified each time Boss says "Hello there, Luis!".

7. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

As long as you have a forward thinking, and not stuck behind, you should not affraid at your boss.

38. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I believe Meanestgenuis always follows you...?

55. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Yeah, I've been followed by that psycho. LOL If I said, "As long as you have a forward thinking, and not stuck behind with expired product such as bb, you should not affraid at your boss.". Meanestgenius will scream and crying again. LOL

13. iLegend

Posts: 41; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

lol...

17. Trolloftheyear

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 16, 2014

Hello there, Luis!

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