Some of the world's most exciting technology solving some of the world's most boring problems
Applied Scientist (Current Employee) – Bellevue, WA – September 20, 2018
I don't want to seem ungrateful. I love Microsoft as a company, I support its mission, and I'm excited about the products it puts out.
But working on the inside, I spent years trying to catch up to Google and Amazon (Cortana is a bona fide sci-fi technology but first mover advantage is a real thing, and it's hard to train ML models when all of the user data is being logged by your competitors who beat you to the punch), or trying to solve the mystery of helping customers to know whether or not they should update to the latest version of Office. (It's been around forever; everyone knows whether they need it or not.)
Am I bitter? I'm sure it sounds that way. But really I just feel bored. I'd love to continue working with Microsoft products and services. And there are teams in the company that are building very cool stuff. But most people here are solving stale problems.
Those benefits, though. They make it tough to leave.
great all-around benefits
not enough scrappiness to satisfy risk-inclined innovators