A few weeks ago I started a new job at Microsoft. I’d been at my previous company for 15 months but after the redundancies, a sister company going into liquidation and a large amount of people resigning I felt that my position was very insecure. I had been looking around and when an advert appeared for a company that a colleague I’d worked with appeared. I hadn’t worked in the games industry before, but I liked what I saw on the website, and my colleague said he was loving it there so I sent my CV in on the off chance they’d ask me for an interview. They did, and they offered me a job which I accepted.
I’m now a C#/.NET Application Developer for Microsoft at Rare!
I’m currently in my 3rd week there and it’s great. I’m using a beast of a machine (3Ghz Dual core Intel with 4Gb RAM, just under 1/2 Tb HD space!) I’m using Vista Enterprise 64bit and working in Visual Studio 2008! It’s a massive change from using .NET 1.1 on XP with no chance of using the latest technology, even though .NET 2 had so many advantages that would have benefited the projects and in turn the company.
The team at my last company were a great bunch. Fortunately, everyone I’ve met here so far a friendly too – I’ve worked at a few places where there was at least one I didn’t get on with. So far, that’s not happened here. The building is nice, the facilities are excellent! There’s a kettle in the kitchen and a microwave in the dining room (my previous firm charged 5p for a cup of hot water). This company really does invest in its staff, which makes me wonder how on earth my previous company got the “Investors in People” award, I was 3 months overdue for my appraisal when I left!
I’m learning lots about .NET 2, Vista, Microsoft and the Games industry; I think I’ll enjoy it here!