Thread regarding Microsoft Corp. layoffs

We need employees of all ages

It's all about attitude, skill, your ability to relate across the generations...this is the value that is timeless. The company will need young, middle, and old to be successful as that is the make up of their clients who pay the bills. Remember, even if older people do not consume technology as fast as younger people, they certainly buy it for their children and grandchildren and then their younger family members help them come up to speed. We cannot ever forget who pays our bills in the end...the clients, and our clients are diverse therefore we want to have a robust and diverse community of people that can bring the best ideas. More experience can bring perspective and design into products that can be invaluable and help create new products and services for an aging population. They can also help build leadership/non technical skills for the younger technicians that will need stewardship in maturing. That won't happen by itself...it does take a village spanning the ages otherwise you have an environment that looks like "the lord of the flies" and that's not good for anyone.

Good point by @VQnZJ3N-2Nruh.

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microsoft became a kindergarden.

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Post ID: @YDzgnFx-1Phjv

Numbers are black and white. I'm Gen-X/over 50 and I'm more up-to-date on modern marketing strategy and techniques than many of my teammates (both v- dash and regular MS). My v-dash teammates range in age to just under 30 to 60+. My team executes, which is why they get a pass for not knowing the inner details about modern marketing strategy and techniques. (Everyone brings a lot to the table.) Everyone on my team is superb and over delivers. Age is never a factor amongst us. We are TEAM and our ages are superfluous. I recognize that global high-tech tries hard to hire younger-scale.... (they're cheaper) but if the accountants get their way, the big picture is lost. And at the end of the day, that is not going to help Microsoft. It IS 'all about attitude, skill, your ability to relate across the generations...this is the value that is timeless.' - just as the OP said.

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Post ID: @YDzgnFx-Upfu

If you get a bad manager in any division, you will get a bad "Connect". It isn't a review, but it will be used against you to get rid of you. Bad manager = doesn't have a clue how to do their job; doesn't know the technology, doesn't know the jobs of their reports, and doesn't do anything of any value, and plays favorites. HR is useless. Don't even try.

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Post ID: @YDzgnFx-Pxmd

Once you’re over fifty, it is scary at MSFT. My GM kept pushing me to take the 55/15 package even though I didn’t want to. And of course HR is never any help whatsoever with anything. I have no idea how they get away with it but I see it over and over.

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Post ID: @YDzgnFx-ikna

The first step would be for Msft to publish employee age data just as it does on s-x and race. I wonder why they don't do it ? Hmm - maybe very few over 50 against the general population. I sat in a round of layoffs a few years back that appeared to specifically target old employees.

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