I am officially a Microsoft employee, holy smokes. I’m pretty blown away by this initial experience… I’m sure you’ll all view what I say next according to whatever confirmation bias you bring into this — but the initial Microsoft experience is pretty spectacular, and I say this as someone who isn’t pre-conditioned to see everything with rose-colored glasses. These people take *care* of their people. I love that. I also love the charitable giving program. I don’t know if I’m allowed to describe it, but I can’t wait to max it out. I love the corporate commitment to sustainability. If you’re going to be in a bubble, it should be a self-aware bubble, right? This is an incredibly self-aware bubble, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
My two axes of initial judgement are pretty simple — how do you treat your people and how do you ONBOARD them. This was a pretty slick onboarding. Within a day I had initialized at least 3 factors of authentication, maybe 4 depending on how you count such things. I could access resources that mattered, and it was a pretty seamless experience.
Stay tuned – in future updates we will get to see me tackle new standards, and my failures will hopefully be your learnings. Or at least your entertainings :) My scope will expand and I can’t wait to share that. It is a lot less scary when you are backed by the incredible team that Alex Simons has built here. Life is full of possibilities!