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April 23, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Multitudes of meetings and managers: A rant from a former “Microsoft man”

A rant from a former, fired Microsoft employee that’s running as a column on TechCrunch is getting some buzz.

In the column, titled “Frustration, Disappointment And Apathy: My Years At Microsoft,” author Max Zachariades, who blogs under the name Max Zografos, writes about his frustration with endless rounds of meetings and many layers of managers at the company.

Says Zachariades:

Microsoft culture expects you to be in meetings. Calendars need to be decorated with sufficient colourful blocks, to signal over-activity. Dig a bit deeper and you’ll realise that Microsoft meetings are a way to diffuse and evade responsibility for decisions.

He also excoriates the company for its lack of vision: “This company is becoming the McDonalds of computing. Cheap, mass products, available everywhere. No nutrients, no ideas, no culture.”

He was fired, he says, short of five years with the company. He had spent years voicing his “concerns about the meaninglessness of it all” and his performance reviews said he lacked respect for authority, Zachariades wrote.

The column is getting both support and criticism, with some TechCrunch commenters saying Zachariades called it like it is and others calling the post bitter and self-serving and saying that Microsoft’s big-company culture doesn’t sound that different from that of other corporations.

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