Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer definitely spoke his mind on Friday when he appeared on Bloomberg TV’s morning show.
Ballmer decided it was time to very publicly talk about what he thinks about Amazon and Apple.
Amazon has come under fire recently for miserable workplace conditions and Ballmer says he isn’t surprised.
“I think they are a place that people don’t want to work,” Ballmer said on Bloomberg <GO> Friday morning. “Anybody who ever left Microsoft to Amazon, we could count on them coming back within a year or two, because it’s not a great place to work to do innovative stuff as an engineer.”
As expected he claims Microsoft’s culture is “very strong” despites Jeff Bezos calling it a “country club” business atmosphere that is killing employee morale.
Speaking about Apple the former Microsoft CEO said the company has done a good job but will soon face some really tough competition from Microsoft.
“Microsoft will give them a good run for their money,” Ballmer said. “Nobody else has really tried to compete with them anymore really seriously in hardware. If there’s going to be any competition at all for Apple it will come from Microsoft — and I believe in that.”
Talking about innoviation Ballmer says its Microsoft who usually makes the first move. “Who’s going to get to those innovative categories first?” Ballmer asked. “Microsoft or Apple, but those are really the only two companies who have that software-hardware skill.”
Ballmer also said he loves Uber but doesn’t understand the business’ economics. Although he did call it a “heck of a service.” Microsoft of course owns a stake in Uber.