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So... [Jun. 25th, 2008|02:46 pm]
John
This impeccably dressed gentleman asked me if I would mind a small fingerstick if the contract was offered to me, and if there were any liens upon my soul...

Er, that is... I've been told that Microsoft would be interested in having me interview for an open position.

My contract ends in August. I'm currently broke. I want to go back to school, but I think that's at least a year away, if I stay gainfully employed and build up some cash reserves. And if I don't end up going back to school, well, there are worse places to work.

Anyone have any thoughts?
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[User Picture]From: pernishus
2008-06-25 10:14 pm (UTC)
My own attitude has always been "Job is better than No Job"... although I realize that any number of people would disagree with me on various grounds.

And I do think it isn't an entirely bad idea to see how that particular part of the corporate world works -- for a while, anyhow, and having specific monetary and educational goals firmly in view...

Holding you in my thoughts and prayers as you begin your deliberations.
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[User Picture]From: glinda_w
2008-06-25 10:20 pm (UTC)
Also, are there educational benefits for employees, such as tuition rebates? Just a thought...
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2008-06-25 10:29 pm (UTC)
For a staff position? Yes, no hesitation. For a contract? If they pay well. I'm with the "Job is better than No Job" club, because the economy, especially for high tech, is not looking good.
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[User Picture]From: 64tbird
2008-06-25 10:42 pm (UTC)
Put me in the "Job is better than no job" column.
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[User Picture]From: lolleeroberts
2008-06-25 10:48 pm (UTC)
I use PCs running Windows and Windows Vista and various incarnations of Office. I would love to know that a tiny fraction of my money is going to someone I like.

Also, education bennies. Medical bennies. Finding a job is easier if you already have one. Lather, rinse, repeat.
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[User Picture]From: ljgeoff
2008-06-26 11:31 am (UTC)
yeah
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From: gh4acws
2008-06-25 10:49 pm (UTC)

spontaneous answer

"infiltrate and destroy the enemy from within "

Serious yes if you can stand the work be employed save money.
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[User Picture]From: wcg
2008-06-25 11:25 pm (UTC)
Take it.
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[User Picture]From: siliconshaman
2008-06-26 12:38 am (UTC)
Take it, but read the fine print...

[btw, a legal friend of mine actually jokingly did just that once. The client signed without batting an eye!]
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[User Picture]From: louisadkins
2008-06-26 12:49 am (UTC)
Read any contract carefully. Working for MS would probably be good, working for a MS contract..

I worked for a temp agency who had client who had a staffing contract for Microsoft. The amount of jerking around that MS did the client was.. notable. (It amounted to me getting 3.5 weeks training, two days OTJ ghosting, and was capped off with an Employee Appreciation day when they gave 70% of the staff a pink slip! ~ Here's your hot dog, your hamburger, and your Special Napkin - read it for your fortune!)
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2008-06-26 01:10 am (UTC)
An interview costs you nothing. Take the interview. Make up your mind about the position if/when it's offered.
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[User Picture]From: nsingman
2008-06-26 02:07 am (UTC)
I think you should do the interview. Microsoft, from all accounts, is an interesting place to work. And if you're offered the job, I think you should take it. Even if you wanted something else, it's virtually always easier to get a job while employed than while between gigs.
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[User Picture]From: firecat
2008-06-26 06:25 am (UTC)
You are wise. I agree with your views.
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[User Picture]From: tigerbright
2008-06-26 10:52 pm (UTC)
Good luck! (In other words, I think it sounds like a good idea.)

It occurs to me that you could likely work for Microsoft and get tuition assistance for going back to school, too, if that wouldn't fill up your time too much.
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[User Picture]From: kightp
2008-06-27 03:15 pm (UTC)
Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know, right?

Besides, after all this time as a peon, it would be interesting to see what it's like to be a serf. (-:
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-06-28 08:04 am (UTC)

No harm in having options.

There's never harm in having more options. I've heard that Microsoft can be a good place to work.

Just be careful to keep evaluating the situation in terms of your goals and interest. I know I have a tendency to internalize an employer's needs and goals and "own" problems that really aren't mine... sometimes to the detriment of my own best interest.

And, of course, be careful of any kool aid they offer you. ;-)

-Bill





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[User Picture]From: wyang
2008-06-28 08:05 am (UTC)

No harm in having options.

There's never harm in having more options. I've heard that Microsoft can be a good place to work.

Just be careful to keep evaluating the situation in terms of your goals and interest. I know I have a tendency to internalize an employer's needs and goals and "own" problems that really aren't mine... sometimes to the detriment of my own best interest.

And, of course, be careful of any kool aid they offer you. ;-)

-Bill





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