The first day of a new blog....
Great retreat: This was a well organised retreat. The new hires found it very energizing. The old timers got drunk AND didn't get bored out of their skulls. I wish there had been a detailed agenda of who was presenting when, but that’s nitpicking. During the general session, bringing in 2 people whose lives and livelihoods we have directly impacted was a stroke of genius. Bravo ! Sure there were hiccups, but the bottom line is that it was well put together. Hyderabad would not have been my first choice, but the retreat proved that the location is secondary if the event is well put together. The food was acceptable, logistics were good, the presentations were on schedule for the most part, content was passable if you were new to Microsoft. The party was fun (although the drive to Ramoji and back was too long).
A few questions:
- We were awarded a Worldspace radio because we are apparently not able to give employees a reward of >$100 without triggering all kinds of LCA alarms and warning bells. SLT - Where there's a will, there is a way. If you recollect, each SMSP employee got a ~$2000 reward a couple of years ago - was LCA was caught napping on that one???
- Why Hyderabad?There was zero participation from the other groups based in Hyderabad, so the event could have been in ANY city. Could not the GDCI, GDIC and MGSI heads have traveled?
- Only 23% of all the employees were happy with compensation at Microsoft India. I'm curious what we are doing to address it. With 250 new hires, this must be cause for concern
- It was surprising that not even one management team member spoke about what did NOT go well and what our learnings were from those experiences.
The only way to provide feedback: I'm glad that the management team is reading this blog and acknowledging that it does exist. It is strange when you have to look outside the system to get visibility to issues within the system.