Microsoft loves to stage hostile takeovers of competing companies and hire their best employees away from them, but apparently the sfotware giant just can’t take it when it happens to them.
We all remember the temper tantrum Microsoft threw when a senior executive named Kai-Fu Lee left the company to work for Google in July. Microsoft claimed Lee’s jump to Google was in violation of a one-year noncompete agreement and proceeded to file a suit against Google for hiring him.
If this was a public display of childish behavior on Microsoft’s part, it would soon come out that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s private reactions to top employees leaving the company can be down right infantile.
In a sworn statement made public Friday, Mark Lucovsky, another Microsoft senior engineer who left for Google in November 2004, gave a disturbing account of Ballmer’s reaction to news that the would be leaving.
“At some point in the conversation, Mr. Ballmer said: ‘Just tell me it’s not Google,'” Lucovosky indicated that, indeed, he would be working for Google
“At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it across the room hitting a table in his office,” He then flew into a rage of anger and expletives about Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
“I’m going to f***ing bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I’m going to f***ing kill Google.”
Steve Ballmer is no stranger to stomping around and acting stupid. As we can see in his Monkey Dance Video, this is clearly a guy with some issues to work out! I, for one, have to ask the question… With him looking to “Kill Google” and “bury” Eric Schmidt Is Steve Ballmer a terrorist like Pat Robertson?