I don’t know where to go

Microsoft K0zttL0Tkr
Sep 28, 2018 41 Comments

I’m at Microsoft and I used to be at Uber. I’m really sick of how boring Microsoft is and want to leave like yesterday. Onsite scheduling is lining up for a couple months from now.

I would like to go to Google but it’s quite a commute and who knows if I’ll get in even after studying. Facebook as well and anyway they have a hold on hiring in Menlo Park at the moment. Robinhood, WeWork, or Airbnb might be cool unicorns with IPOs coming up so I’m going to be talking to them. Stellar and 0x might be fun and profitable crypto startups so hey, why not. PlayStation and Waymo are near me and are kind of respected, right? LinkedIn and GitHub would allow me to stay at Microsoft but let me leave my stupid organization.

Basically, I don’t know where to go and of course it depends on my interview prep. It’s feeling hard to motivate for studying. I’m 30 easy problems into Leetcode after 2 weeks and trying to switch to mediums now, plus planning on doing Grokking the System Interview.

No company is exciting to me right now!! I’m feeling a little burned out on tech at the moment honestly. Will this pass??? Do I need to just switch companies ASAP and just go somewhere different and worry about the *right* company later in 6 months or so??

Please advise.

4YOE
220TC

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TOP 41 Comments
  • Aurora bystander!
    The pain I feel for ma-nerd-peeps.
    Sep 28, 2018 0
  • Google s89
    With just 4yoe, ur showing the frustration of 20yoe.
    Take it easy.
    I think u need to develop a hobby which keeps h engaged outside work. Learn something new. Like guitar, kick boxing, etccc.
    Or sign up for full marathon and practice for it.i bet u will notice the diff
    Sep 28, 2018 1
    • Microsoft K0zttL0Tkr
      OP
      I think you’re right! But I also really do have to leave Microsoft before I fade away.
      Sep 28, 2018
  • Why would you leave Uber for Microsoft? Why did you leave Uber at all?
    Sep 28, 2018 10
    • New / Eng Aeon
      I guess it’s because the culture was pretty toxic couple of years back under old ceo. Quite a few friends left Uber back then as well.
      Sep 28, 2018
    • Microsoft K0zttL0Tkr
      OP
      Exactly.
      Sep 28, 2018
    • Oracle qkxnrdl
      How do you get into MS? I applied and got resume-rejected for not having C# experience. Do they only hire new grads and MS-stack experienced?
      Sep 28, 2018
    • Microsoft K0zttL0Tkr
      OP
      I was reached out to by a recruiter and we took it from there. I had never used MSFT products before other than Word and Excel.
      Sep 28, 2018
    • Oracle qkxnrdl
      Hrm, ah well.
      Sep 28, 2018
    • I know a few people who left Uber before but came back. I joined recently so I can't compare with last year, but so far everything's been great.
      Sep 28, 2018
    • Microsoft K0zttL0Tkr
      OP
      I still have a lot of friends there who say it’s gotten a lot better.
      Sep 28, 2018
    • Microsoft / Mgmt Javas
      I also left uber and I am liking Microsoft , you need to definitely talk to your skip
      Sep 29, 2018
    • Microsoft K0zttL0Tkr
      OP
      Skip said no team switching. Other orgs require full interview loops. And honestly I hate working with Microsoft eng or productivity products - everything is buggy and embarrassing.
      Sep 29, 2018
    • Pandora dDDj03
      “Everything is buggy and embarrassing” - this is pretty much the case with most of the big companies...nothings different.
      Oct 8, 2018
  • Apple G00sebump
    You sound like a bored teenager. Frustration will be a part of your daily job no matter what company you’re are working for . If you can’t handle it you picked wrong major.
    Sep 28, 2018 2
    • Microsoft K0zttL0Tkr
      OP
      Believe me, I know how lucky we are in this industry. My complaints are quintessential first world problems and it means nothing in the grand scheme of things. Luckily, my small problem is fixable and I’m curious to hear what others think, especially if they’ve gone through similar.
      Sep 28, 2018
    • Microsoft hrjj3jrjri
      You have an excellent attitude. Gl
      Sep 28, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng vmnns
    there are some good options, for you only: amazon, IBM, other notoriously shitty places with shitty teams. Manage to survive in those environments for a couple months and you’ll appreciate whatever you come across next for quite a while.

    if you get bored again after that... try working abroad in a development country for like a year. Your view will change.
    Sep 28, 2018 6
    • Microsoft K0zttL0Tkr
      OP
      I worked in Mexico before tech. But well done on making dumb assumptions.
      Sep 28, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng vmnns
      k...dumb...
      Sep 28, 2018
    • Microsoft K0zttL0Tkr
      OP
      Very dumb.
      Sep 28, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng vmnns
      whatever
      Sep 28, 2018
    • Microsoft K0zttL0Tkr
      OP
      Lol. You make Microsoft look really good.
      Sep 28, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng vmnns
      lol ikr
      Sep 28, 2018
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    • Microsoft / Eng lkjgffjk
      What about Square?
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng jNeo42
      Apply at Square. Not easy to get in, but it’s a good company. They rejected me after a pretty good onsite, but you should try.
      Oct 28, 2018
  • Collective Health / Eng FaceAnd
    Go to LinkedIn
    Sep 28, 2018 2
    • Microsoft K0zttL0Tkr
      OP
      How come?
      Sep 28, 2018
    • Oscar / Eng tc / gtfo
      Better life, products and pay. Better leveling. Inflation!!
      Sep 28, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng jNeo42
    If you’re bored at a big company then try a smaller one. If you left Uber on good terms then you might want to try a boomerang. Otherwise take some risks with smaller companies and lower TC: working for a safe corporate TC will eventually drive everyone to some form of dull complacency. You’ve got to try different things in your career, you can’t be a one-trick pony. Plus you can always go back to MNC later. Microsoft might turn out to be the coolest place ever in another decade, you never know. Just be sure to leave in good standing.
    Sep 28, 2018 1
    • Microsoft K0zttL0Tkr
      OP
      Yup. I’m ready for a change. Stagnancy equals death.
      Sep 28, 2018
  • Amazon tYAA57
    Go back to school
    Sep 28, 2018 1
    • Microsoft K0zttL0Tkr
      OP
      I’d love to but I have to pay the bills.
      Sep 28, 2018
  • Microsoft
    LiuX52

    Microsoft

    PRE
    Google
    LiuX52more
    Take a long vacation
    Sep 28, 2018 1
    • Microsoft K0zttL0Tkr
      OP
      Sadly, I already did. Coming back was worse 😣
      Sep 28, 2018
  • Capital One / Eng
    Bum Cheese

    Capital One Eng

    BIO
    death by onions and peppers
    Bum Cheesemore
    Just out of curiosity, what's the process for moving to LinkedIn or Github? Same as an external candidate?
    Sep 28, 2018 1
    • Microsoft K0zttL0Tkr
      OP
      Exactly. Had to get referrals, do all the same screens, and hope I get to onsite.
      Sep 28, 2018
  • New / Product
    nicebot

    New Product

    BIO
    Need leads to PM roles in SF. Thank you!!
    nicebotmore
    Stellar's chain is a ghost town. 0x and Harmony are legit. Try to figure out the pace and depth of the work before joining your next org and you should be fine, imo. Preferably somewhere where you'd be working closer with the Product and Design team. That way you'd be able to find meaning in your work too and that may help too. Good luck with the interviews!
    Sep 28, 2018 0
  • VMware ggggezz
    why left Uber?
    Oct 3, 2018 0
  • Appriss gk86
    Start a startup
    Sep 28, 2018 0
  • CA Technologies 99994
    Grass is always greener on the other side.
    Sep 28, 2018 0

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