Microsoft “feels cool again” while Google and Facebook feel “creepy” to a new crop of 20-somethings looking for internships.At least that’s what a few of Microsoft’s 1,500 summer interns told Reuters.
College students who are full of idealism want to use their talents to go out and change the world. Google and Facebook make their money selling ads and that feels strange to a lot of them.
But thanks to Xbox 360 and Kinect, Microsoft has got a good reputation with this crowd. Most of these students are too young to remember the days when Microsoft was being hauled into court by the U.S. government for antitrust violations. Google’s got that hanging over its shoulder today.
But it doesn’t hurt that Microsoft also woos interns with the royal treatment. The pay is spectacular for a summer job: ranging from about $5,300 a month to over $6,000 for interns lucky enough to grab positions in Microsoft research.
Microsoft also bedazzles them with fun. It used to be that interns were always treated to a barbecue at Bill Gates’ spectacular lakeside house. That doesn’t happen anymore, but Microsoft has found other ways to fill the void. Last year more than 1,000 of them got a private concert by the Dave Matthews Band at a Seattle zoo, Reuters reports.
Then again, this could be all part of a diabolical plan to lure young, bright minds in and then trap them into a soul-crushing culture where they’ll work like dogs for years. At least that’s the story told by the ex-Microsoft employees in their recent tell-all book, “Stack Rank This! Memoirs of a Microsoft Couple”