I moved to Redmond just over four months ago. In the time I have been here, my rental car was side-swiped, my truck was broken into, my headlight and bumper were damaged by someone in our own parking garage, someone stole my copy of “Professional Visual C++/CLI” from my office today (clearly someone missed the “corporate values” talk at New Employee Orientation), and my relocation to the great Pacific Northwest has been less than smooth or swift — waiting for the insurance company to assess and pay my claim for the furniture damaged by the movers. I’m the only PW in my group and we’ve been unable to find anyone else that can fill the shoes for our open position. I have deadlines looming with tons of work to do and not enough time to do it all by myself. Bill Gates has announced he is reducing his role here, both Windows and Office have announced schedule changes and Microsoft’s stock has dropped over four dollars since I arrived on campus.
So why am I smiling?
In four month’s time I’ve learned so much. I’ve been able to look at the technologies we will implement in the future before most people even know they are in the pipeline. I sit in on meetings and get to give real feedback that can influence products used by more people than I could have ever imagined. I have taken over ownership of an internal tool our team uses and have written a few of my own. I’ve gathered customer feedback and helped several customers personally or got them in touch with others who could help them. The amount of responsibility piled on me is less of a burdon and more of a compliment, in my opinion. Who puts that amount of pressure on someone if they feel they can’t handle it?
Apart from all the benefits provided by Microsoft there are other reasons I’m happy to be working here. I’m in a technological heaven. The people are brilliant and open-minded (except when it comes to “Red State” ideas, but give me time — I’m still working on it). I pass those same brilliant people in the halls every day. If I have a question about something, I can go hit our Global Address Book and track down the person who owns the feature to discuss the matter with them personally.
I also get to see the company make huge changes in the way it delivers software. With the industry changing so quickly, its awesome to see a company of this size roll with the punches and adapt.
It’s hard to explain why I’m so happy to work here. The only thing I can say is that you can tell that the majority of people working here love working here and finding new ways to make customers happy. That reason alone is enough to make me love working at Microsoft.
Enjoy the weekend!