|Quoting Francoflier (Reply 3):|
That's a rather disgusting attitude. It's also a valuable message to all Microsoft employees who still work there. Now they know who they work for.
Not really, payroll errors happen at every company, i work for a great company (not Microsoft), i love my job, and i've been the recipient of payroll errors on the plus side (too much money in the check) and invariably the following pay period it's deducted with apologies, just because Microflot is one of the world's largest companies, doesn't make them immune to errors, because ultimately, Microflot and companies like them, are made of up tens of thousands of human beings, each one capable of making a misake at one point or another.
That being said, it's kind of crass for Microsoft to do this to recently laidoff employees, but, mistakes happen, all they can do is ask the former employee to please return the appropriate amount, and chances are the employee will because when you're looking for a job in a tough market, you don't want to do *anything* to run afoul of a former employer because the HR
department at the company you're applying to will call for a reference, and sometimes the difference between getting and not getting the job comes down to how well or poorly your last company speaks of you.