What’s it like to work at Microsoft?

FAQ #1 is the always the easiest to answer. My answer to
FAQ #1 is a single word:  MAGICAL.

FAQ #2: Why is it “magical”?

Typical Answer:  Because I get to work with people like href="http://www.sellsbrothers.com/spout">Chris Sells. 

Haven’t met him. Subscribed. Welcome to the blogroll Chris. Keep on href="http://www.sellsbrothers.com/spout/#I_speak_for_the_trees">speaking for
the trees, man.  Microsoft ain’t got Jack for storytellers.


Comments (19)

  1. Chris Sells says:

    I think there are some great story tellers at MS: Don Box, Tim Ewald, Chris Anderson, Charlie Kindel, Stan Lippman and the list goes on and on.

  2. korby says:

    🙂 Ah, but how many of them are telling the story that house moms and taxi drivers and school teachers and doctors and janitors and preachers want to read? Indeed, Don Box and ChrisAn are storytellers. But they’re writing a carefully crafted tale for a very particular audience. Understanding their "stories" is like understanding Kandinsky’s vocabularies or identifying Wagnerian leitmotifs in 5 notes or less. It’s a private, esoteric pleasure. Microsoft lacks an everyday voice. What is it like to work at Microsoft? I get asked that question weekly. What is it like to work at Microsoft? … I arrived at work this morning at the usual nine forty something, parked my rust bucket between a classic convertible Mercedes and a new Porche Carerra, which I have affectionately nicknamed Resting and Vesting in honor of their owners. I grabbed a milk and an oj from the kitchen cooler, drew a cup of joe from the Farmer’s Coffee brewer, snagged a styrofoam bowl and plastic spoon from the cupboard, and headed for my office. My desk is littered with orange styrofoam cups and rumpled brown napkins, all of which are emblazoned with an unpretentious "Microsoft". When I got to my desk at nine fifty something, I discovered a new Microsoft puzzle. Where do they come from? Nobody knows. My desk is the resting place of various toys and puzzles; a slinky and a Santa Pez dispenser, a baseball sitting in a roll of tape and a miniature replica of the space shuttle, several Rubics cubes and a lego ‘bot, and 3-D puzzles of all shapes, sizes, and colors. My desk is not unusual. Last year, the Seattle area experienced an earthquake of moderate magnitude and intensity. During the 30+ second quake, a few monitors shook off their desks and exploded. But nobody was hurt and there was no major structural damage, at least in this area. The thing I remember most vividly about that day is the sight of all these little toys–thousands of them–which fell to the floor like hailstones in what must have been every office at Microsoft. In my building, which is a modern 6-story edifice designed to bend and flex in earthquakes, the toys were emerging into the hallways by the time the shaking stopped. It was a striking sight. The toys seemed to have been determined to bounce out into the hall. One can only imagine that they were so agitated by the earthquake that they decided to make a break for the great, safe outdoors.

    Are you a storyteller? Scott Mitchell (http://www.scottonwriting.com/sowblog/posts/167.aspx) is a good one.

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