Changing my perceptions of working for a large corporation
Prior to Microsoft, I always worked for small companies. I was greatly impressed by
the impact a single individual could have in a small organization and felt that one
would get lost in a big company. I still dream of the days when I worked for Black
& White Software, a small startup with a real business model that was acquired
by Segue Software, when there was only 12 of us. The folks I worked with there were
a second family.
At Microsoft, I have realized that the teams are in fact small and the job function
I did establishing business partnerships is a very similar to the engagement model
of working with different organizations within Microsoft. Life in the end, is very
similar to the non-MS world. Individuals make all of the difference in the world and
partnerships and collaboration are critical to provide customers with the products
and services that they need to succeed.
Recently, I have begun to change my tune about some of the misconceptions I had about
working for a large company. I have recently begun to reflect on some of the awesome
benefits a large company can have. As a child I remember the numerous IBM family days
brothers and sisters enjoyed as a result of my father's employment. Today, I am now
benefiting from being a MS employee by enjoining into some of the programs like the
Microsoft Political Action Committee (MSPAC). MSPAC is one of the largest political
committees in the nation.
It is very exciting to be able to jump on my skateboard, ride over to building 33,
arrive a bit late, and somehow manage to get a front row seat in front of one of America's
most powerful women, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Other benefits of working for a large company is the technology infrastructure that
exists including an online library where I can order books that come to me in inter-office
mail, an hrweb that lets me track just about everything related to my employment,
and an expense reporting system integrated with American Express that saves me an
incredible amount of time and money.
And I must say, I am finally ok with using outlook and am hugely impressed with the
new Web based Outlook interface. I have finally stopped dreaming of elm.