Ballmer doesn't play well with others

Poor Steve Ballmer. First he misses out on his full bonus and now it has been revealed he’s not getting any love from his employees either.

According to a survey by, just over half of 1000 of Microsoft’s employees have said that they don’t think much of the CEO’s performance. But keep in mind Microsoft has at least 90,000 people on its books.

In contrast, Microsoft ranked 51 in Fortune’s list of best companies to work for, and scored 3.5 out of 5 in employee satisfaction polls, only a little behind Apple and Google. This shows that staff are happy with Microsoft, but not with Ballmer.

What’s the big deal then? Apart from allegedly being a bit of a diva and loud mouth it seems he could have ruffled a few feathers. When asked by Glassdoor if Microsoft’s offices were “a place of stability” employees made the following recommendations to senior management, which of course includes Ballmer:

“Don’t overdiversify business, focus on important markets and don’t just follow innovation from other companies.”

Ballmer has let the side down for MS employees, perhaps. He famously killed off the tablet Microsoft had been working on before the release of the iPad. He instead opted to let device manufacturers create tablets that can run Microsoft’s desktop operating system, Windows 7.

And last Friday the CEO’s pocket and ego took a beating after Microsoft released a report detailing why he wouldn’t be getting his full bonus – citing the miserable failure that was the Kin phone. It was aimed at tweens and dumped after three months due to poor sales.

He was also blamed for the “loss of market share in the company’s mobile phone business, and the need for the company to pursue innovations to take advantage of new form factors,” the report said.