Design in Microsoft

Microsoft GhJS12
Jul 27, 2018 12 Comments

Is Microsoft a good place for designers? Do you think they are placed equally as other engineering or PM counterparts? No senior leadership talks about design, no one in senior leadership is from design background. Do you think Microsoft is design driven in any product?

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  • Facebook thatboi
    I get the feeling that most designers in tech are here because they concluded that the design industry as it stands today might not be the best place for designers.
    Jul 27, 20186
    • Amazon / DesignD371Gn
      If you want to take on big challenges and make an impact, tech is the place to do it. Design agencies are fun, but there’s a severe limit to their influence on anything aside from aesthetics.
      Jul 27, 2018
    • Facebook thatboi
      Lol right. If by 'big challenges and impact' you mean 'significantly larger paychecks and future prospects for the same amount of work' then I'm right there with you!
      Jul 27, 2018
    • Amazon / DesignD371Gn
      That is roughly what I mean ;-)
      Jul 27, 2018
    • Amazon / DesignD371Gn
      I make about 3x what I made in agencies.
      Jul 27, 2018
    • Facebook thatboi
      It also seems that agency influence is weakening as more vendors do direct to client work. Furthermore in this economic atmosphere you have many agencies all competing for work from a small group of obscenely wealthy FANG companies. The smarter folks in the building have all seemed to realize that skipping the middle man (agency) is the wise path forward. It doesn't hurt that tech is a relatively new and fresh space to use the design skill set and the resources are a tremendous boon to the design process.
      Jul 27, 2018
    • Amazon / DesignD371Gn
      Bingo. And many tech companies provide a similar breadth of things to do, which used to be an advantage of agencies.

      And, there’s greater realization that one can do good design work on traditionally boring things, and that design makes a big difference.
      Jul 27, 2018
  • Microsoft saltytears
    Think this depends on the team. Though I must say the PM org basically runs design from my experience.
    Jul 27, 20180
  • Amazon / DesignD371Gn
    From what I understand, PM has most of the control. I’ve been really interested in MSFT but none of the designers I know there have strongly recommended it. That sad—MSFT has a good aesthetic, they have an ethos behind what they’re doing, much of the work at least looks really good, though there are plenty of inconsistencies.

    What are you looking for? What are you doing now, what do you want to do?
    Jul 27, 20180
  • Microsoft beermaster
    Depend upon the org/team. In my org, design folks have equal say in any work - as in designers are part of any discussion PM's + Engineers are having.
    Jul 27, 20181
    • Microsoft saltytears
      What org? Maybe I should transfer there ;)
      Jul 27, 2018
  • Microsoft DOyu71
    Same as beermaster. My division relies heavily on designers. They are not managed by PM but by design managers. We have a couple that work with my group who are good although pretty young. Their managers are principal level.
    Jul 27, 20180

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