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Microsoft feeling pinched?

© June 2004 Tony Lawrence

Tue Jun 1 11:28:28 GMT 2004 Microsoft feeling pinched?

Link: https://star-techcentral.com/tech/story.asp?file=/2004/5/31/technology/8108040&sec=technology (link dead, sorry)

Microsoft is cutting back on employee benefits, most notably reducing discounts for stock purchases and mandating generic drugs. Employees aren't happy, and quite naturally wonder why a company with so much cash needs to bleed money from its own workers. Not that the remaining benefits aren't far more than most folks get, but taking away is never popular.

Certainly Microsoft isn't doing as well as it used to. But does it make sense to cut back on benefits? One result will probably be an increase of "insider" dirt. Microsoft employees have leaked damaging information before, and I expect that ticking them off will only add to that.

I can't see any positive spin on this. Companies that really need to cut costs do what they have to do, but this just looks like corporate greed.

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