Microsoft staff accuse executives of misconduct and abuse
Employees at tech giant Microsoft have accused current executives Alex Kipman, Tom Keane and former executive vice president Terry Myerson of inappropriate behavior, including instances of misconduct and verbal abuse.
As Insider reports, dozens of current and former employees allege executives enjoyed impunity for their actions dating back to when Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates were in charge. (Ballmer left the company in 2014; Bill Gates resigned as CEO in 2008 and left the board in 2020 after an employee relationship was investigated.)
One such case involved Kipman, who has worked for the company for more than 20 years, who allegedly viewed virtual reality pornography during a meeting.
Insider says a group of staffers reported dozens of allegations against Kipman that resulted in no apparent action or reprimand.
The site’s sources said they’ve seen Kipman create a culture that diminishes women’s contributions.
Keane, another 20-year veteran, was also described as an executive who “rips people to pieces”.
A former executive described a time when Keane interrupted a meeting to berate an employee, causing her to cry.
The report goes on to note that Myerson had a history of verbal abuse of employees during his tenure.
He left the company in 2018 following a public incident in which he berated staff at a company event. A source explained that such cases would come to the attention of CEO Satya Nadella.
“If it’s something really egregious, he’ll deal with it,” said a woman who works directly with Nadella.
“But it must be something that puts him in danger.”
The report also goes on to say that Microsoft’s racial equity efforts are akin to tokenism.
“I do a ton of interviews just to tick a ‘minority’ box,” one black employee explained.
“I’m wasting a lot of my time and everyone’s time.”
Additionally, following Microsoft’s agreement to buy Activision Blizzard, a company with a number of workplace allegations, some employees at the tech giant have raised concerns about the merger.
“We can’t even take care of our own house,” a Microsoft employee told Insider.
“And now we just bought one in worse condition.”
Last year, Microsoft shareholders called on the company to stop covering up the workplace allegations. They voted for the company to report on its sexual harassment policies and the results of investigations involving its executives.