In January 2023 Microsoft announced to sack 11,000 employees worldwide due to the global economic slowdown. An IIT graduate took to Twitter to share his post about being laid off by Microsoft.
Koustuv Saha shared a tweet, “I am laid off from @MSFTResearch MTL. It hasn’t quite sunk in, but it has hit my confidence to lose the job I started a little over a year ago after Ph.D. I loved the people around me. I would have liked to reflect more, but amidst the uncertainties, I need a new job. #opentowork.”
“I couldn’t have asked for better colleagues; I was thankful for the decision that I made. Hopefully, will be able to overcome this situation. I will be open to research positions in both academia and the industry”, he said in a tweet.
Koustuv Saha said in another tweet, “I cannot imagine the enormous love and support I have been receiving in the last day and a half. Each msg is really touching and makes me tearful. I really hope I can pay this back to the community someday. Y’all are awesome; you really make me reinforce my faith in humanity.”
I am laid off from @MSFTResearch MTL. It hasn’t quite sunk in, but it has hit my confidence to lose the job I started a little over a year ago after PhD. I loved the people around me. I would have liked to reflect more, but amidst the uncertainties, I need a new job. #opentowork— Koustuv Saha (@kous2v) February 10, 2023
Koustuv Saha was a senior researcher with Microsoft Research and is an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur. He has received support from many Twitter users after being sacked by Microsoft.
One of the Twitter users Anmol Panda, replied, “I’m so sorry to hear this Koustuv. I’ll check through my emails to see if there are job openings people forwarded. Please take care and let me know if you’d like to chat. Best wishes for the future.”
Microsoft employs 221,000 full-time employees, including 122,000 in the United States and 99,000 internationally as of June 30.
The year 2023 has begun on a bad note for tech workers globally. The major companies that laid off employees include Disney, Zoom, Amazon, Google, Byju’s, Wipro, Yahoo, and Salesforce laid off a maximum number of workers globally.