Leaked conversations between Microsoft employees on private messaging app Blind reveal company-wide jubilation at the departure of chief operating officer Kevin Turner, architect of the company's hated 'stack ranking' assessment system.
The workers are also looking forward to seeing Windows boss Terry Myerson following Turner out of the door.
In a chat between more than 100 Microsoft employees on Blind (we can't imagine why they didn't use Yammer) one described Turner's departure as the "Best 4th of July gift ever!", while a poll of 95 employees found that 93 felt 'crazy happy' at his departure while just two felt 'crying sad'.
The attention then turned to Myerson, who is not without his detractors. "Happy! Now we need Terry to go and it will be the best year ever," said one, while another chimed in: "Can we do a buy one get one free offer? Terry comes free with KT?"
Despite the dislike of the guy, many were concerned that Turner's departure would lead to more layoffs, following the departure of former Nokia staff a few months before.
"Last time a guy of that level left, we had massive layoffs (Nokia). Are we seeing a pattern? Has the field underperformed last year and he is taking the fall for it with more to come?" asked one employee. Another threatened to jump first: "Writing's on the wall and I'm not sticking around for it."
Turner was not without his supporters, though. "Say what you want about him, but he and Ballmer raised the cash we needed to build this cloud business we are poised to dominate," said one.
Not surprisingly, perhaps, CEO Satya Nadella was positive in his tribute. "Kevin has made a tremendous impact at Microsoft over the past 11 years.
"He built the salesforce into the strategic asset it is today with incredible talent, while at the same time more than doubling our revenue and driving customer satisfaction scores to the highest in company history. I have learned a lot from Kevin over these past few years and wish him all the best."
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