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New Reality Series: Be the Next Microsoft Employee

Unknown Lamer posted more than 2 years ago | from the worst-prize-ever dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 168

theodp writes "No, Steve Ballmer doesn't swap spit with contestants in a hot tub. Nor does he present a rose to each contestant he wishes to keep at the end of each episode. But the contestants in Microsoft's Be the Next Microsoft Employee web series, which is being billed as Top Chef for Geeks, do live together in a luxury waterfront home as they compete for the chance to interview for a job with the software giant. So, what's next from Microsoft? The Real Housewives of Medina?"

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O, Hell No! I'm GETTIN that interview! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40764475)

Any of you skinny bitches stands in my way better be ready for some hair pullin!!

Re:O, Hell No! I'm GETTIN that interview! (5, Funny)

binarylarry (1338699) | more than 2 years ago | (#40764927)

So Mr. Anderson, you say you want to work for us. I only have one question:

How well can you dodge chairs?

Re:O, Hell No! I'm GETTIN that interview! (5, Insightful)

rtfa-troll (1340807) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765327)

It doesn't matter how well he can dodge chairs; he just has to aim for a team where everybody else is worse at it because Microsoft operates is the type of nightmare employer which operates forced ranking [vanityfair.com] . Also, being with the stupidest people is probably your best chance of getting someone intelligent to teach you something since only the suicidal would teach someone in their own team. Ideally you are looking for a team of stupid people with a recently changed, decent, intelligent manager.

Having said that, the best thing about winning this would be the pleasure of being able to say "no thanks"

Re:O, Hell No! I'm GETTIN that interview! (5, Interesting)

StormReaver (59959) | more than 2 years ago | (#40766253)

Having said that, the best thing about winning this would be the pleasure of being able to say "no thanks"

I got that pleasure in 1999, when I got my degree. Microsoft called my house asking if I would be interested in interviewing, and I got to say, "No, I don't work for evil companies."

The caller genuinely didn't understand why Microsoft is evil, so I got to tell her she needs to pay more attention. It was quite the pleasant experience. I wish more people could share the experience.

Re:O, Hell No! I'm GETTIN that interview! (2)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 2 years ago | (#40766535)

Stack Ranking as entertainment.

If people think that a career in Microsoft is a prize, then they are in for a surprise.

"I see Microsoft as technology's answer to Sears," said Kurt Massey, a former senior marketing manager. "In the 40s, 50s, and 60s, Sears had it nailed. It was top-notch, but now it's just a barren wasteland. And that's Microsoft." [vanityfair.com]

Emulating "The Real World" and a "Reality TV" meme that peaked 5 years ago is indicative that Ballmer's Microsoft is still woefully clueless - on top of being bloated, cruel, ignorant and narcissistic.

Re:O, Hell No! I'm GETTIN that interview! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40766799)

I learned a while ago never to work for anyone that uses color-coded ID badges. MS is corporate paternalism at its worst.

And coming up next year (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40764485)

Season two will be titled "Be the last Microsoft employee"

Re:And coming up next year (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40766097)

I hardly ever response on Slashdot, but this was just too funny. :) Nice work.

For reals? (0)

John Wagger (2693019) | more than 2 years ago | (#40764509)

Woohoo, for real? Woohoo. I can't believe this is true. I can be the next champion. I can be the next future maker. I can be the next Microsoft employee.

Really??? (5, Funny)

Peristaltic (650487) | more than 2 years ago | (#40764517)

They're going to live together in a luxury waterfront home as they compete for the chance to interview for Microsoft?

I'd rather compete for a chance at North Korean citizenship.

Re:Really??? (3, Interesting)

John Wagger (2693019) | more than 2 years ago | (#40764579)

Unless you're from US or South Korea, North Korean citizenship is quite easy to obtain.

Re:Really??? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40765943)

Thank you, Sheldon.

Re:Really??? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40764633)

They're going to live together in a luxury waterfront home as they compete for the chance to interview for Microsoft?

I'd rather compete for a chance at North Korean citizenship.

At least in North Korea you aren't forced to use Windows phones ...

Re:Really??? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40764667)

or electricity. or to eat.

Re:Really??? (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765777)

Oh man, I wish I had mod points... well done sir.

Re:Really??? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40765913)

... or to eat.

That's the theme of the North Korean game show "Meal or No Meal".

Re:Really??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40766717)

Opened an Incognito tab after I modded this up as funny just so I could tell you I just squirted beer through my nose! Well player, sir!

Re:Really??? (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#40764643)

is healthcare included?

#include "suresureifserious.jpg"

Re:Really??? (0)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 2 years ago | (#40764981)

I'd rather compete for a chance at North Korean citizenship.

So you want to be on the Apple version of that reality show?

Re:Really??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40765087)

How to reverse a string? I'd probably use a hash map!

No?.... well, I'll have some more shrimp scampi then.

Re:Really??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40766477)

Also - it's just a shot an interview - that doesn't even mean they get a job or even an internship or something.

Or... (5, Interesting)

maxsthekat (1275608) | more than 2 years ago | (#40764523)

You could just go to a college career fair, like I did, put in your resume, interview, and get hired. There was really nothing magical about it-- just another interview. For what it's worth: they were a great college internship, too-- paid very well, and the work was fairly challenging.

Re:Or... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40765317)

I hear the hours are absolutely terrible for the internship though. What are they now compared to that?

Re:Or... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40765459)

As long as I was around between core hours 10-4 and did my work, it was all good. It all depends on how flexible your manager is, like pretty much any other company. Some people in the company that I know get to go in around noon and leave at 8. They prefer it that way. Others left the office around 2 or 3 'cause they went in really early.

Re:Or... (1)

maxsthekat (1275608) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765781)

My manager simply told me, "I don't care, as long as you get your work done", which is exactly what I did. Some days I did put in quite a few hours, but some days I also left very early. It all depended on what I needed to get done.

Spoiler alert (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40764575)

Episode 3 will feature the chair throwing contest, Episode 4 the run-around-the-stage-like-you-just-snorted-two-lines-of-coke, the final episode will have the remaining contestants try to convince the audience why they prefer the Metro interface on their 3-monitor setup over the regular desktop; the only rule is that they're not allowed to laugh.

Re:Spoiler alert (2)

TummyX (84871) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765165)

Don't forget...

Sneaking into Apple HQ and steal the most ideas without getting caught.
Most seem-less cover-up of system crash during an on-stage demo.
Number of Word documents that can be written on a Microsoft Surface tablet before running out of battery life.

Re:Spoiler alert (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40765687)

There's a few other prizes that will be handed out: - He or she who accumulates the most faeces on their nasal organ by the end of the show will receive an additional certification as MVP - He or she who can blow the most smoke up both Sinofky's and Ballmer's ass gets to run a random phone company into the ground

At Microsoft 'Agile' means 'being able to sustain in an environment with lethal airborne office furniture'

I'd rather (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40764605)

I'd rather dip my balls in honey and sit down naked on a nest of fire ants. Just sayin'.

Re:I'd rather (1)

Austerity Empowers (669817) | more than 2 years ago | (#40766385)

I think that's episode 4.

Reminds me of... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40764631)

...Donald Trump. He did it, so why shouldn't Microsoft?

Re:Reminds me of... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40764749)

Because he's not Steve Jobs?

Re:Reminds me of... (1)

grub (11606) | more than 2 years ago | (#40764895)


Trump's winner gets to comb that luxurious hair. The Microsoft winner gets to use Sham-Wows on Ballmer's armpits.

I'd pick Trump.

Re:Reminds me of... (2)

jd2112 (1535857) | more than 2 years ago | (#40764961)

This reminds me of the joke about "The Apprentice". The winner gets to work for Donald Trump for a year. The loosers have to work for two.

Re:Reminds me of... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40766045)

The loosers have to work for two.

What about the tighters?

Yes, I am mocking you.

Re:Reminds me of... (0)

russotto (537200) | more than 2 years ago | (#40766137)

The loosers have to work for two.

Worse than that -- Omarosa, the designated villain from the first Apprentice, was still working for Trump 5 years later.

interview for a job (4, Insightful)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#40764649)

Whoop-tee-do. I could do that without having to compete in a reality series. Just send a flowery resume to land the interview.

This would be more impressive if they were placed as Interns *inside* Microsoft, and competing to impress the boss to be hired permanently.

Re:interview for a job (3, Informative)

jhol13 (1087781) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765253)

I think the point is to get into the reality show. Seems that this alone is good enough for some, to become "famous".

This would be most impressive if they were inside Microsoft competing to get out.

Re:interview for a job (1)

Hentes (2461350) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765813)

Exactly, these guys have like 15-20 years of experience, and in theory were selected from hundreds of appliants. They could get the job on an interview anytime they wanted to. Now if the job was a top position or something very prestigious i could understand, but that's not the case. The show is just a thinly veiled advertisement with MS products placed in every corner of the screen.

Re:interview for a job (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40766935)

I got $50 that says whoever is hired is from the "minority" race (ie: not Caucasian.)

Re:interview for a job (1)

Austerity Empowers (669817) | more than 2 years ago | (#40766457)

You don't even have to send a flowery resume. They're cold calling people on linked-in lately. Several times they have found me, I even went on the interview once, just for shits n giggles.

All you have to do is look at the office environment to say "yeah, thanks, but no thanks, I'll try McDonalds"

I've worked at several soulless companies before, I'm no stranger to cubicells, idiotic HR policies and the large amount of doublethink that is required to survive large company management. MS is the worst, you can't even make it through the interview without feeling it course through your veins. No way.

Wow... what a lousy prize! (2, Insightful)

sglewis100 (916818) | more than 2 years ago | (#40764683)

You don't win money, or a job? You win the chance to interview?

Re:Wow... what a lousy prize! (4, Informative)

HarrySquatter (1698416) | more than 2 years ago | (#40764781)

No, they get a job. The 'chance to interview' was made up by the submitter.

Re:Wow... what a lousy prize! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40764835)

I guess I got busted not reading the article. Glad Slashdot vets submissions so well.

"A shot at finding out," according to Mcrosoft (1)

theodp (442580) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765249)

Be the Next Microsoft Employee: [microsoft.com] "Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work at Microsoft? One of these contestants will have a shot at finding out. Who will be the next Microsoft employee?" IIRC, the video also indicated that this was a shot at, not a guarantee of, a job.

Re:"A shot at finding out," according to Mcrosoft (1)

HarrySquatter (1698416) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765597)

No, they get the job. Otherwise it would be called 'Be the Next Microsoft Interviewee'. The contest is>/i> the interview.

Re:"A shot at finding out," according to Mcrosoft (1)

HarrySquatter (1698416) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765649)

What's even mre funny is you didn't even read your own source link which says quite clearly:

And yes, the person who prevails does win a job at Microsoft.

Re:"A shot at finding out," according to Mcrosoft (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 2 years ago | (#40766041)

And yes, the person who prevails does win a job at Microsoft.

That job may be janitor... but still.

Re:"A shot at finding out," according to Mcrosoft (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#40766093)

...the person who prevails does win a job...

...

That has to be one of the most depressing unintentional social commentaries I've ever heard...

Read source link, but it's contradicted by MS (1)

theodp (442580) | more than 2 years ago | (#40766635)

Be the Next Microsoft Employee (YouTube) [youtube.com] : "From a field of thousands, 6 contestants will battle it out for an opportunity to interview to be the next Microsoft employee."

So unfair (1)

Chemisor (97276) | more than 2 years ago | (#40764713)

When I interviewed at Microsoft, I spent most of the time in windowless cubicles. How come I didn't get to see this great waterfront villa? On the other hand, I got the job. Of these contestants, all but one will get nothing but a view of the waterfront. Maybe I got the better deal after all...

Re:So unfair (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40764847)

Windowless cubicle at Microsoft?

That's too bad. I can't believe they make you run DOS!

Re:So unfair (1)

slew (2918) | more than 2 years ago | (#40766953)

Windowless cubicle at Microsoft?

That's too bad. I can't believe they make you run DOS!

Just be happy that they didn't make you run xenix... That command-line version of unix was so "good" that even though SCO bought it, they eventually threw it away ;^) :^p

Re:So unfair (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40765343)

A job in a big corporate and the dilbertesque life this means...hell I don't know if you really got a better deal. (I do live a dilbertesque life working for a small part of a big corporate...I'd like to become a carpenter or some other sort of artisan...)

Re:So unfair (1)

Hentes (2461350) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765941)

I guess they couldn't fit all the lights and cameras in the basement.

A chance to interview? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40764747)

I guess the shortage of skilled labor isn't real after all, is it? Or does Microsoft win a chance to interview one candidate and the others get away?

Ballmer fails again... (4, Insightful)

korgitser (1809018) | more than 2 years ago | (#40764771)

...has tried to make microsoft look sexy for how long? And how come he always tries to do it with stuff over a hundred years old. First he was selling Vista with Seinfeld. And now this. Reality TV must be older than ms-dos 6.0! Who even watches that crap anymore? Certainly not young programmers. This guy wouldn't know sexy if it hit him on the head with a chair. Face it, there is nothing cool about the legacy wintel platform and the company associated with it. Pack your bags and move along.

And don't let me get started on the fact that nobody in their right mind would ever hire the kind of people who go on reality TV shows.

Re:Ballmer fails again... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40765421)

" This guy wouldn't know sexy if it hit him on the head with a chair"

Don't you mean..

This guy wouldn't know sexy if it sat in his lap and gyrated

Re:Ballmer fails again... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40766801)

Are you serious? Who even watches reality shows?! When's the last time you turned on your tv? Seems to me that reality shows make an unfortunately large amount of television programming. I don't think it would be there if it weren't being watched.

The rest of your comment seems to be similarly devoid of logic. Because, yes, there is clearly a *type* of people who go on reality shows who are clearly idiots.

idiot.

sincerely, AC

Re:Ballmer fails again... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40766941)

Were you a Jersey Shore extra or something?

be careful for what you wish for... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40764801)

...cause you'll almost certainly get it, in the worst possible way.

Maybe the wrong response? (2)

caffemacchiavelli (2583717) | more than 2 years ago | (#40764805)

Honestly, I tried to watch the trailer and stay serious, but I was smiling the whole time, as if I was watching a new comedy show. After years of M$-spoofs, jokes and parodies, my brain seems to have associated a certain kind of expectation with watching Microsoft-related media that might not quite be the kind of reaction MS is looking for here.

Still, I'll tune in and abuse my Pavlovian conditioning. Haha.

Winners escape (2, Funny)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#40764891)

LOL in this reality TV show the winners are the ones who escape.

There was a cheesy "human hunting" reality TV show awhile back, where dudes in matrix style men in black suits chased contestants around and tried to catch them, it may be something like that. If you didn't get captured in 30 minutes by the MIB then you "won". It was pretty intensely FOX network style, all arguing and yelling instead of cooperating, probably because if the contestants cooperated like a US infantry squad they'd have easily wasted the MIB. I don't recall the name.

The point of the reminisce is getting caught by guys in suits leads to a SERE like cubical environment?

I would watch just to see poor editing, maybe a contestant pulls out a iphone or an android phone. That would be funny.

Re:Winners escape (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40765271)

http://science.discovery.com/tv/mantracker/

nathan

Re:Winners escape (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765929)

Well that was new (seriously) I had my first chrome crash.

No that's not it. The show I watched in the 00s was more urban, like amusement parks, or big cities like NYC, and not Canadian prairie.

Also I literally mean "Men in black" as in dudes in suits on foot, not guy on horse like the promo pics I saw on wikipedia.

Cash For Flunkers (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40764985)

Would be a suitable show title.

Great Discriminator! (1)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765069)

I know if I was a software company I'd want to select for the sort of people who would go on a reality TV show. Wait...

Fear Factor (2)

PPH (736903) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765081)

How many bugs can you swallow?

wait, (0)

miknix (1047580) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765097)

WHAT?

And the theme song is... (3, Funny)

Howard Beale (92386) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765109)

Steve, Steve
Steve of the Ballmer,
A guy who has no hair.
(Ahhhhhhhh)
Watch out for that chair.

Steve, Steve
Steve of the Ballmer,
Lives a life that's free.
(Ahhhhhhhh)
Watch out for that chair.

When he gets in a scrape,
he makes his escape
with the help of his friend,
a guy named Bill.
Then away he'll schlep
on his elephant Shep
While Fella and Ursula
Stay in step.

Well....Steve, Steve
Steve of the Ballmer,
Friend to you and me.

Watch out for that chair.

Making it harder to get a decent job. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40765137)

Just what we need, companies demanding you jump through more and more hoops for the priviledge of maybe possibly being considered for a job that might open up some time in the near future.

If they were guaranteed a job, it would be one thing, but they are only playing for the INTERVIEW. Not even Apple is that idiotic when it comes to their own god-like status.

Re:Making it harder to get a decent job. (1)

HarrySquatter (1698416) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765995)

No, they get a job. theodp wrote that nonsense based on not actually reading the source he linked and from being unable to understand plain English.

First place prize is a one-year contract (1)

thrillseeker (518224) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765139)

Second place prize is a two-year contract ...

Rules of the game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40765143)

Each week one inhabitant will get voted out, after which he or she can choose a career path with a future, until there's only one person left.

This last person has to go and work for Microsoft.

Microsoft: Once you give up on your dreams and ideologies, we're not so bad.

Quick, get the participants under contract! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40765205)

...before they figure out it's the companies that are competing for the software development employees in many places right now.

TV (1)

Westwood0720 (2688917) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765241)

So glad I don't own a television.

Re:TV (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765293)

Yes, not seeing this is only second to feeling superior by going out of your way to tell people you don't own a TV.
I'll ignore the fact that you are reading this on a TV right now.

Re:TV (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40765919)

You can browse on a TV now?

I'll try that next time my printer runs out of paper.

TV is the drug of the nation (1)

bussdriver (620565) | more than 2 years ago | (#40766479)

Saying you do not own a TV is like saying you are drug free. Not a big deal among people who are not addicts but among addicts it does have a smug feeling to it when rubbing it in their faces - it also has a similar appearance to being a jerk.

It is not as bad as informing everybody you are a Christian.

Re:TV (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40766711)

Somehow, I don't think that typing a few words qualifies as going out of his way, but whatevers. I'm willing to bet that if he said "that's why I'm glad I don't own M$ software" he would gotten "insightful". At worst, clone would have said anything. I'm not discourging the practice, I don't care either way. I just thought it was a bizzare observation.

Re:TV (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40765971)

Oh, you don't own a television?

[WilderWonka.jpg]

So tell me what else you're too evolved to own.

Re:TV (1)

Westwood0720 (2688917) | more than 2 years ago | (#40766659)

Oh, you don't own a television?

[WilderWonka.jpg]

So tell me what else you're too evolved to own.

Facebook Page
Smartphone
Credit Card
Car Payment
Debt
I find "reality shows" and ads that fill the screen the most moronic form of entertainment. I frankly don't care to watch people hocking their crap at me or that you had tuna salad for lunch last night. Really. I don't. Some of the crap that is out there is really beyond my understanding.

Re:TV (1)

HarrySquatter (1698416) | more than 2 years ago | (#40766031)

Yes, yes. The Onion already wrote an article [theonion.com] about you 12 years ago.

Stack Ranking (4, Insightful)

Dartz-IRL (1640117) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765259)

Contestants rate each other on tasks, filling mandatory slots from most valuable to least valuable, with the bottom 10% being fired Backstabbing and politcking ensue between the contestants as they fight tooth and nail not to be dumped down the bottom, while forgetting entirely about the task at hand and just half-assing it finished.

Perfectly preparing them for the working environment at MS...

Re:Stack Ranking (1)

BanHammor (2587175) | more than 2 years ago | (#40766255)

Works for Valve, apparently.

I'd do it, if (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765261)

that job was CEO.

Re:I'd do it, if (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 2 years ago | (#40766075)

My first task as the new CEO: Replace everyone's laptops with MacBook Airs!

to sum the posts thus far... (2)

dAzED1 (33635) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765335)

This is beyond a silly idea for a show. "Top Chef for Geeks" only works as an analogy if Top Chef (which I don't watch, so...) represents to chefs something that was always of questionable merit, hotly debated in the past, and is now on a rapid and obvious decline from which there most likely will not be a recovery. What talent anywhere is still dreaming of a job at Microsoft?

As old as it is, they'd still have a more popular show if they had a competition to become a developer at Blizzard for World of Warcraft...at least some people still enjoy that software...

Re:to sum the posts thus far... (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765749)

Besides, Top Chef For Geeks was Good Eats. Alton Brown regularly explained the science behind cooking.

"Reality" tv show is the bane of intelligence. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40765565)

I wish I could travel back in time and kill who ever came up with "reality" shows.

Besides, microsoft is just a company. You can apply for a job anytime you want without the hassle of a forceibly faked webseries and embarass yourself infront of millions. While that playstation game testers show was garbage I have no doubt it will be better than this shit is sure to be.

huh? (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765737)

Wait, I thought that was Walking Dead?

Bah ha ha ha ha ha! Ballmer! Ha ha ha ha!

webisodes (1)

ethanms (319039) | more than 2 years ago | (#40765823)

sounds like something that will be shown in small bits and clips as part of mainstream media, and maybe played in full lengths at career fairs, MS HQ during interfests, etc...

There is no way we're going to watch programmers on mainstream TV, there is just nothing interesting about it to average people, and those who do it for a living will do nothing but be aggravated by it.

Episode 6: The H1B1 Arrives (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40765861)

I can see it now, the last episode before the final selection, a new contestant arrives, fresh green card in hand. The other contestants are obviously miffed because he didn't jump through all the hoops the others did. Ends with Steve Balmer giving him a rose and saying "I like you cause you're cheap." Rest of the contestants walk out muttering: "That's a marriage that will never work, he's here for all the wrong reasons..."

Seriously, though IT / SWE / Developer hiring seems so much like a game show already. When I first saw this I thought it was a farce. If there is a shortage of qualified people, how do / can you hold a competition?

Eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40766453)

Shouldn't reality show contestants be competing for something people want?

Oh, I get it, this is like the software world's Flavor of Love.

Desperate and Lame (1)

CyberLife (63954) | more than 2 years ago | (#40766529)

... I'm speaking of Microsoft

The contestants will be... (0)

Cito (1725214) | more than 2 years ago | (#40766777)

All from India as they compete for this outsourced job.

Like Bill Hicks would say "Americans will sit on their fat lazy asses watching 'American Gladiators' or this show and sit their and drool" while the economy and world crumbles around them cause they won't wake up and stop it.

This is what American Jobs have become... reality tv show?!?

While REAL jobs are moved overseas to India or outsourced to Mexico or South America

What is even sicker is our government programs are also outsourced. My mother is disabled and I had to call to help her get some info on some upcoming changes to her Medicare which is federal program. First answer was thick Indian accent after losing temper and requesting supervisor I get transferred and on hold for nearly 10 minutes before a scratchy connection was made and they answered in spanish with thick spanish accent I said I do not speak spanish they just sat quiet on phone for nearly 1 minute before transferring me again back to an Indian.

I hung up, told my mother she's fucked for most part, but next day drove, 2 hours to a medicare office and had to sit there for 3 hours before finally getting issue resolved in less than 5 mins.

IT jobs are worse, everything is outsourced. And when I did work for an internet provider down in Orlando the callcenters were all in India with Convergys. So when problems were escalated to netops no one in my department couldn understand the broken english on the tickets. So customers would be out for hours or sometimes days while we many times had to guess at the problem and troubleshoot the entire network relying on Netsaint (now called nagios) back in the day instead of our callcenters cause none of us could understand what the fuckers were saying or writing.

Pft. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40766841)

Sounds like they think they have the luxury only need to pick the employees that they want, as if there aren't any other jobs around. I already got headhunted by *them*, over a decade ago. The salary sounded attractive, but I'd have had to move, which would effectively have meant give up on my dreams for them. I turned them down. *And* I'm currently earning more than they offered back then.

Why? (1)

Wee (17189) | more than 2 years ago | (#40766939)

Why the hell would any sane person want to work at Microsoft? Their corporate culture is absolutely terrible, and the company's ethics on the whole are intolerable.

Also, you might have to talk to Steve Ballmer. The thought makes me wince.

-B

Real World: Redmond, Washington! (1)

SNAPPLEX (2691525) | more than 2 years ago | (#40766959)

LOL. It may seem kind of strange, and maybe a little dramatic in the eyes of the typical technology enthusiast but I like what Microsoft is doing.... As an X-ComputerCoder I think it is great to show people that there is more out there than just computer technology! Expand their horizons in what they can do with THEIR life.. When you work for a large coorporation you seem so unvaluable, you feel like a number among your co-workers. This is a great way to give people the sense of being somebody unique. Theres a lot more to life than work/computer technology. :./ -- SnappleX
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