What`s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Microsoft? Is it Windows 10? Or the Word documents? For me, Microsoft meant some kind of huge tech company and the latest thing I could relate it to was the acquisition of LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. Thus, when my colleagues told me that we`re doing the Microsoft company profile, I was kind of meh: nerds & computers & Red Bull. They were pretty excited so I decided to keep an open mind because it was a great opportunity to meet new people.
On my first stop @ Microsoft, I met part of the MACH (Microsoft Academy for College Hires) team & alumni and they were all young, passionate, involved and professional so I had to level up my speech and God, I loved the challenge so much! They made me want to better present the topics and to upgrade my vision regarding what`s inside Microsoft. I loved every minute of that meeting: it was structured and focused, with many pertinent questions and an authentic desire to make the best company profile. Once we finished the meeting, part of the team showed me the offices in order to get prepared for the shootings and video.
Raul & Diana wrote their speeches and we kept discussing them late at night and early in the morning – that`s how engaged they were. To be honest, from my personal experience and other videos I`ve made, I know how difficult it can be to carry a 3 minute long speech, and what made it even more difficult it was the fact that it was in English, which is not their native language (but actually sounded like it was). And the Microsoft team surprised me once more: the day of the shooting came and Raul was the first to present the speech. I pressed play and waited - I admit, I was a bit skeptical. Raul began his speech and finished it in 2 minutes 41 seconds, without interruption. It was great! However, he did not stop until the video was flawless.
The next step was the photo shooting in the offices with the designated team. They were the perfect match between professionalism & fun. Being the hosts, they showed me each office and helped me discover the real vibe inside the company. All of them are engineers, far from my initial image, far away from nerds, they are cool people with whom I`d like to hang out and even party @ Sunwaves ?
The overall Microsoft vibe is oriented towards creating an international environment, with open minded and smart, really smart people, where you can truly grow and the company invests a lot in its employees development.
While on my quest to find the perfect spot to take some more photos, there were two guys playing pool although the business hours were long finished. If you don't want to get caught in the after hours pool playin' (also available during working hours), Microsoft's got your back. Literally! Massage sessions are available for all employees. However, I'm pretty sure these perks weight less than the community created inside the company.
The Microsoft team surprised me with friendliness, the genuine kind, the one that makes you feel welcomed. The overall Microsoft vibe is oriented towards creating an international environment, with open minded and smart, really smart people, where you can truly grow and the company invests a lot in its employees development. You get to meet your international colleagues, participate in various overseas conferences and trainings, you have access to a great load of knowledge which will shape your vision and improve your skills.
Here`s my feedback after almost a day spent within the Microsoft offices: if you are tech savvy and long for an international environment, join the Microsoft family because you will get the chance to become the best version of yourself.