Mini-Microsoft Cutting Room Floor

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Spoonfed Microsofties - New comment on 3,600 Microsoft Shoes Waiting to Drop.

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "3,600 Microsoft Shoes Waiting to Drop":

Can the MINI be constructive and focus on positive things instead of creating an environment where MS employees keep venting until they are tired of their BS?

No matter how hard you people vent, I am sure you are not going to get your jobs back. Some of the posts here are outright crazy. This is an example where even smart/cool people can crack under pressure. Will any company give specific metrics/criteria for layoffs? The only reason is financial condition and economic stability. Period. Welcome to free market society and corporate America!!! Stop whining and bitching!!!

Note to all the H1-B bashers! STFU! Did you really think there are so many qualified Americans for technology jobs? If you are a hiring manager, just look at the resumes you get from College grads OR talk to a friend who is interviewing or in a hiring manager capacity. You will know the difference. The facts are out there - too many high school and college dropouts. You will see a lot of Asian students, because they realize academics is their key to success. America values creativity/originality and pop/rock /american idol seems to be the answer here.

Here are a couple of good things to talk about:
- Groups that are hiring
- Surviving in a layoff
- Performance review (enough BS on this already)
- Innovativeness and startup company

Finally whatever, MINI's goal is and I personally don't care about that - He/She should stop for a minute and start thinking about how his posts for the few days impacts MS image and overall perception in the wall street and among the new and aspiring candidates. He/She doesn't care because he just wants the company to be skinned down. I wonder what he is going to do when the number goes from 95K to 15K or 1.5K. BS!!! May be he will just tear down his blog. Such a self-conscious narcissistic creature.

I have said this before. For many of you guys, MS is probably the first job out of college and you guys don't know shit about the way other companies operate. Consider for a minute, the diplomacy, tactfulness and the business instinct to launch a product without a test organization and lets see how you guys do it. Many companies don't even have a Q/A. Dev does testing, travel a few times to customer sites and sit in customer facing meetings.

You MSFTies are spoon fed, with a lot of garbage and so you puke a lot of shit in this blog.

Remember, surviving in a bigger company requires a different mind set - a mindset built out of tolerance and sophistication and less rough edges. I hope many of you get hired pretty soon not into MS, but in a startup company where you can work long hours and learn the appropriate values.

(Some good things in there. Some very not so good things in there.)

8 Comments:

  • I totally agree. For god's sake stop this non-sense of discussing internal matters out loud. These blog posts damages company image more than it'd have helped somebody!

    Would you like to work for a company that everybody in the world likes to laugh about by pointing towards this kind of blog? I'm sure, I would not like to. I LOVE THIS COMPANY and work I do for it. Be sensible about what you are writing in PUBLIC.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 28, 2009 at 10:28 AM  

  • College enrollments in computer science are reaching below levels not seen since the late 1970's. This has been the case for a good couple of years now. I think this speaks volumes for how young people view the industry (for women, you have to look back to the 1960's to see comparable CS enrollment rates). People just realize that software engineering jobs are easily commoditized, and that even US workplaces have become immigrant ghettos. If you can't find any domestic resumes that are competitive, it's telling you something: nobody smart wants to do this work! Beside that, what does experience in the field provide? If I was hiring, I'd much prefer younger workers to older ones, because I can't really quantify the benefit of experience.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 4, 2009 at 9:52 PM  

  • so if college enrollment in CS is going down, what are the students enrolling for?
    A CS grad makes over 60 grand a year... Is that not more than most professions?
    I rememebr reading somewhere that most american high school graduates wants to take Physical education for college.. personal trainers are not getting paid more than software engineers.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 4, 2009 at 10:40 PM  

  • I can see the angry anon's point, despite not approving of its delivery. (Like shipping a data packet encapsulated in Pings of Death)

    I would like to thank Mini, though, for providing at least some of the inside story of MSFT, however accurate it may be. But I think that these somewhat disgruntled (or at least less-than-positive) posts may serve to dissuade people from trusting Microsoft as a professionally behaved group of ubergeeks (professional in their relations with others, at least), as they once did appear to be. Some of this just seems like flimflam, such as the whole focus on Spitfire, which doesn't really seem to have too much to do with software development and maintenance. (Except maybe to Linux enthusiasts and their free-as-in-beer mottos, God love them)

    Clean it up, please. And stop spitting so much fire, cash, and smut about the house that Gates built.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 27, 2009 at 7:49 PM  

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