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January 25, 1989 - Image 6

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Page 6 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 25, 1989
"Before I interviewed with Microsoft, my main exposure to the company was through
teaching Excel basics to students at Michigan. Now, not even four months later, I'm a
software developer on the Excel project!
"Excel is a major application, but that doesn't mean that there are hundreds of program-
mers working on it. Development teams at Microsoft are quite small, so individual con-
tributions to a product are substantial."
- Bill Duren, Software Design Engineer
Harvard University, ABAM '85
University of Michigan, MS/CSE '88
"Microsoft is a place of opportunity. If you are bright, driven, and have an idea that you
want to get out into the world, then Microsoft has the resources to make that happen.
That can be incredibly rewarding!"
- Robert Atkinson, Software Design Engineer
University of Waterloo, BMath '87
"Every time I drive somewhere around Seattle, I'm amazed at the postcard views you
get. Anytime of year, just look down any street and you're likely to see snow-covered
mountains on the horizon. Definitely the most beautiful place I've ever lived in."
- Bill Bader, Software Design Engineer
University of Michigan, BSICS '81
Stanford, MS/CS '82
"As a Program Manager, I have a lot of responsibility for making products come to life
- forcing people to consider the issues, to make the decisions, and to commit the
resources to make the product happen. And the products I get to work on are incredibly
important to the future of Microsoft --there's a good deal of responsibility vested in me.
It's probably the most creative job I've ever had - the solution space is wide open, it's
up to me to chart a path.
"The first week I was here I met with Bill Gates, and this has been a frequent event since
then. I don't know of many other Fortune 500 companies where that would have been

the case. It's a very open decision-making environment - key issues are laid out for
everyone to comment on, and the ultimate decision is guided by what's right, not what
side key people are on."
- John Ludwig, Program Manager
Carnegie Mellon University, MSIEEIMS/IA '84
"After spending 7 years in college, convinced I never wanted to get a 'real job', I dis-
covered Microsoft. The environment is small and informal, the work exciting and chal-
lenging. They allow you to prove yourself as they let you take on as much as you can
handle - and recognize what you accomplish."
- Tom Saxton, Software Design Engineer
University of Utah, BA Math/Phvsics '83
MA/Math '85

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