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Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: April 13, 2012 12:18AM
I have always said I don't think I can work there. Recruiter contacted me with several job openings. I have a hard time saying no...

This gig doesn't seem all that exciting. I've got a final interview with another company early next week. A final phone interview with a company tomorrow... and a few other gigs in the works as well.

Just can't see myself working for Microsoft. It pays about $20k/yr over what my ideal budget (not dream budget) is. I guess if they make me an offer I can at least use it as leverage with other companies.




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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: Racer X
Date: April 13, 2012 12:49AM
That's a tough one. There is a culture within the culture. I assume you won't be on/in the Mac side?

I have done a number of usability studies with engineers on the Mac side and I get knowing head nods when I express my frustration with the Windows side. I truly get the impression that when I do a mac usability study the engineers and contractors are genuinely interested in my input, criticisms and all. The Office 2008 PP template debacle is one of them.

The XP Alpha test showed me they didn't really care if anyone knew they were ripping off their competition. Been more than 5 years, so I can say that. :fawkdance:
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: haikuman
Date: April 13, 2012 02:22AM
Perhaps the positive side is it will be a good practice interview. Naturally if you are hired for the windblows side of their company I will be inclined to put you on ignore *(:>* Just jokingjest smiley
I wish you all the success you can make happen. I would politely counsel that if you can find
something that is part of your own wheelhouse of beliefs, standards and mojo you will be happier
for a longer period of time perhaps.
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: davester
Date: April 13, 2012 02:42AM
You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.




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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: April 13, 2012 05:35AM
Best of luck, it is your future. You never know how life will turn out. Have some of your own questions that will give you some insight into specific areas of your interests and beliefs.

My only concern with MS is whether you will be an employee with full benefits, or, an independent contractor with no benefits. Be wise.



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Fermentation may have been a greater discovery than fire.
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: deckeda
Date: April 13, 2012 06:49AM
I wouldn't count them out prior to the interview. Going into it with some healthy skepticism is good, but rather than allow that to manifest as indifference (which will waste everyone's time) turn that into some thoughtful questions that address your concerns.

And then take their extra $20K/year. smiling smiley
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: mattkime
Date: April 13, 2012 06:50AM
I think that the people you work with will determine your happiness more than the corporation.





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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 13, 2012 06:58AM
MAVIC, good luck to ALL these interviews. Just out of curiosity, what is the gap between your dream budget and ideal budget? I guess you meant salary instead of budget, did you?
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: Chakravartin
Date: April 13, 2012 07:00AM
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Racer X
That's a tough one. There is a culture within the culture. I assume you won't be on/in the Mac side?

There is no Mac side anymore. It was absorbed into the MS Office division.
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: Tofer
Date: April 13, 2012 07:15AM
The people I know who work for MS all love working there. There are lots of in-house opportunities to move around and work with different divisions, and the company (despite what we tend to say here) is strong and treats their employees well.
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: April 13, 2012 07:27AM
Good luck ! Almost any opportunity is a good one (excepting the sketchy opportunities from the people handing around the bust station)
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: testcase
Date: April 13, 2012 07:37AM
Condolences on considering the Dark Side. cry smiley
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: sekker
Date: April 13, 2012 08:33AM
Good luck!
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Date: April 13, 2012 08:34AM
Just think, you might have a chance to ride Microsoft down into the ground. And don't mention their security chased you away once. devil smiley



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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: MacJeepster
Date: April 13, 2012 09:02AM
Say buh-bye to your iPhone yawning smiley
But these days a job's a job....

-mj
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: lazydays
Date: April 13, 2012 09:37AM
I have a friend who worked for microsoft for about a year. The money was good and the company provided many perks. What he didn't like was the mandatory overtime and mandatory employee participation in after hours social events. He wanted to work 8-5 and that's just not how microsoft operates. At least not in the area that he worked. The after hours events tended to be quite nice, dinner on boat rides etc, but he just wasn't into hanging out with his coworkers after work.
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: April 13, 2012 09:44AM
if you do get in, I'm sending you my friend's name to get him in, too. he's been a contractor for MS for many years and would love to get in (he's a marketing/promotions guy)
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: stephen
Date: April 13, 2012 10:11AM
I wish you a good interview and even better wisdom. Enjoy yourself - there's no reason not to.
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: JoeM
Date: April 13, 2012 11:20AM
Good luck whatever you choose. My advise: stability in an employer today is worth at least $10K in salary differences. If they are offering $20K over your normal expectation, the job is worth serious consideration.

Obviously what was said above about contractor vs employee is very important.



JoeM
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: btfc
Date: April 13, 2012 11:28AM
"If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, ....”
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: silvarios
Date: April 13, 2012 11:37AM
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lazydays
mandatory employee participation in after hours social events.

Gah!? I hate mandatory team building nonsense. Sorry, I'm in for the intrinsic value of the work, I don't even have to like you to get crap done. Yuck. Your friend seems wise.
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: mikebw
Date: April 13, 2012 11:45AM
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silvarios
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lazydays
mandatory employee participation in after hours social events.

Gah!? I hate mandatory team building nonsense. Sorry, I'm in for the intrinsic value of the work, I don't even have to like you to get crap done. Yuck. Your friend seems wise.

Yeah, if it's mandatory then it's not after-hours. They are effectively extending the workday. Not that it can't be fun but it sure doesn't sound that way.
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: kj4btkljv
Date: April 13, 2012 01:22PM
I think my skin would light on fire if I got anywhere near a Microsoft office. The software version is ok, just the building version is a different story.

Jeff
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: April 13, 2012 02:10PM
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lazydays
I have a friend who worked for microsoft for about a year. The money was good and the company provided many perks. What he didn't like was the mandatory overtime and mandatory employee participation in after hours social events. He wanted to work 8-5 and that's just not how microsoft operates. At least not in the area that he worked. The after hours events tended to be quite nice, dinner on boat rides etc, but he just wasn't into hanging out with his coworkers after work.

That would annoy the heck out of me. Working for a company shouldn't be like joining a cult.
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: Ammo
Date: April 13, 2012 04:36PM
Be wary of accepting stock options in liu of salary. old fogey smiley



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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: April 13, 2012 05:54PM
Just remember: Man hole covers are round because they can't fall into the hole no matter how you try.



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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: April 13, 2012 07:04PM
This is with one of their websites.

>> Just out of curiosity, what is the gap between your dream budget and ideal budget? I guess you meant salary instead of budget, did you?

Don't have a "dream budget" smiling smiley We set the budget first, then the salary has to fit that. So the budget is our focus, that's why I said " ideal budget".

>>The people I know who work for MS all love working there.

Interesting because I can't think of anyone I know who's worked there for a while that likes it there. One person has been there for 22 years and finds his job now is mostly dealing with office politics instead of reality. Another gave up on MS's statements of trying to build more secure software after they never actually did that and continued to do stuff like prevent developers from logging security bugs - yeah, those numbers where they say they're getting better are largely because they're refusing to document as much as they used to. If you don't collect the data, then you can cite the reduction of it and claim "progress."

I don't find any differences between FTE and contractor as far as stability goes.

>>He wanted to work 8-5 and that's just not how microsoft operates.

Each manager can pick how they want their employees to work. Right now MS is actually trying to get people to work from home more, but some managers are resistant to that. And you can get hired on being allowed to work remotely, and if you get a new manager who doesn't want you to, you have no recourse.

Alas, the interview went okay. I tried to keep a positive attitude that even though I'm looking at six other job opps, it's possible none of them pan out and this might be my only option. Turns out I actually know someone who used to work in this group and she said it's a pretty good team. That said, I'm not thrilled about the work. ~25 minute commute by car... though that was better than the ~45 minute commute to Amazon by bus (parking there was around $20/day.) Those times are each way.




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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: Black
Date: April 14, 2012 12:25AM
A 25 minute commute by car is better than a 45 minute commute by bus?




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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: April 14, 2012 12:54AM
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A 25 minute commute by car is better than a 45 minute commute by bus?

For sure. Each way, that's 50 minutes lost commuting vs 90 minutes lost. Would much rather have the extra 40 minutes with family or doing something.




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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: Racer X
Date: April 14, 2012 01:15AM
and that's 40 minutes EVERY DAY. That really adds up.
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: April 14, 2012 11:30AM
Can you accomplish anything while driving those 25 minutes? At least on the bus, you can read, safely listen to music, etc.
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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: April 14, 2012 12:01PM
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ka jowct
Can you accomplish anything while driving those 25 minutes? At least on the bus, you can read, safely listen to music, etc.

I find listening to music safer in a car than on the bus.

But I can't really do much productive while riding the bus... especially while standing up. I did surf forums a bit when I rode the bus, but really there's nothing I can do on the bus that's very important. And based on the fact one day the bus driver started driving before everyone was off the bus and I dislocated my shoulder, a car is much safer. Plus bus drivers here have been killing people all too often.

The bus ride itself is only about 20 minutes, but it takes ~10 minutes to walk to the stop and then you have to wait for the bus to randomly show up because the schedule doesn't mean anything. Two busses can show up at the same time and even though they're 10 minutes apart, you can wait over 30 minutes for the next bus. Can't really read or do anything productive while walking and standing in the rain.

Also, that 25 minute drive is compared to a much shorter distance by bus. (To MS vs to Amazon.) To Amazon by car is ~10 minutes. So it's a 10 minute drive vs 45 minutes via bus. For MS, it's a 25 minute drive vs ~90 minutes via bus. That's a 130 minute difference every day. 50wks/yr, that that's over 541 hours.




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Re: Interview at Microsoft tomorrow...
Posted by: AllGold
Date: April 14, 2012 03:15PM
What is the deal with Amazon charging $20/day for parking? They don't actually have employee parking so you have to go to some pay lot?



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