Saying goodbye to Microsoft

What I gained, lost & learned while working for Microsoft.

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Many people ask — how does a person get into Microsoft? How is the interview? What is it like? For me it was everything for 3,5 years. Now, 18 months later, I feel ready to share my story and say a real goodbye.

I was interning at a marketing agency at the time after prior experience in a startup and was browsing job offers. Still in college at 23 and full of ideas and hopes for the future, I applied, just like that, for a MACH program — Microsoft Academy for College Hires. Recruitment process was long, had several stages and ended with an assessment center. Fun fact: I was asked a ‘tricky’ question about why are the sewer covers round. And another, not that fun, but more important fact I got a position in the Developer Experience and Evangelism Department (now CSE? or something else, it evolves all the time…) as an Audience Marketing Manager located in Warsaw, Poland. My role was to get people, especially in small IT companies, to try out Microsoft Azure (responsible for the breadth market). It was 5 years ago, cloud services were a novelty and the press wasn’t that great. I got serious e-mails from entrepreneurs where Microsoft was spelled ‘M$’.

One of the first things I noticed is that almost everyone working for Microsoft had this perfect life — a spouse, kids, nice houses, good cars. I wanted that too. Imagining that if I were to stay at this company, my life would become like theirs. (It was one of the illusions I had fallen for immediately, but I’ll get to the shattering reality later…) At that time, I was in a decent relationship myself and decided to take the most out of this chance focusing on my personal growth as well as the professional opportunities Microsoft provided.

And it has provided a ton. I got my first responsibilities and targets on the day 1, but I also received a lot of support and training. As a newly hired employee I was participating in MGX (now it’s Inspire?) in Atlanta, had trainings in Amsterdam, Madrid. There were so many interesting people there who I met and self-assured and mean ones as well. It’s a whole spectrum. I was on calls with people from all around the world on a daily basis and I got paid well. A dream job. My team at the time was consisting of i.a. 4 guys, more less my age, with whom I got along very well, so I started spending crazy hours at the office. As a person working for DX, I was encouraged to go to conferences

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