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Salesforce CEO Benioff Invites Laid Off Yammer Employees to Work for Him

Marc_Benioff2009Acquisitions are sometimes messy, especially when Microsoft is the buyer. Last year’s $1.2 billion acquisition by the software giant of the social enterprise and collaboration software company Yammer is turning out to be no exception.

There have been layoffs and changes in the reporting structure of Yammer’s marketing department, according to reports in TechCrunch and Business Insider. Neither are sitting well with remaining Yammer employees.

Cue Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, whose company had several times come under sometimes humorous, sometimes withering criticism from Yammer before the acquisition. His reaction to the reports? He invited laid-off Yammer workers to send him their resumes and maybe come work for him.

And of course he did it via Twitter.

Attention this weeks laid off Yammer employees: Salesforce is Hiring! Please send me your CV at”>
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