Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced Thursday that the company will be laying off 18,000 employees over the next year, the largest round of cutbacks in Microsoft’s history.
Comparing the job cuts at Microsoft, which were principally targeting the company’s Mobile division and the employees it took on when it acquired Nokia, The Verge compared cuts made by Google across Motorola Mobility and layoffs at HP, Intel, and BlackBerry since 2011. In terms of raw numbers, Microsoft’s announcement is the second largest — and it’s also the second-highest percentage of overall workforce after BlackBerry. While it’s not included in this chart, the worst off in terms of total cuts would have to be Nokia, which has let go a total of more than 50,000 employees since Stephen Elop took over in September of 2010. Of note, this is also the 4th largest U.S. layoff since 1989. Yikes.