IBN: Defining Excellence in Electronic Recruiting


Electronic Recruiting

Our Rate Card



Please Click On Our Sponsors

Please Click On Our Sponsors

Recruiting News for the Human Resource Professional

Please Click On Our Sponsors

Please Click On Our Sponsors

Please Click On Our Sponsors

Please Click On Our Sponsors




Click On Our Sponsors

Click On Our Sponsors










The Electronic Recruiting News is a Free Daily Newsletter For Recruiters, HR Managers, Advertising Agencies and Clasified Advertising Operations

| ERN | Bugler | The Blogs | Blogroll | Advertise | Archives |


(March 20, 2006)  (Cheesman spotted the site) Point your browser to www.mgs.jobs. It's an employment site for Microsoft Game Studios. It's a great (and funny) game to play. It's a high end use of the .jobs domain name. It's an escalation in the already intense talent wars in the game industry. It's faster than a speeding bullet.

The site itself, executed in Macromedia's Flash (imagine that, Microsoft using someone else's tools) is a marvel of simplicity and entertainment. It's a marvel of Recruitment Advertising and includes a deliciously fun game involving chairs and officemates. From an advertising and PR perspective, Microsoft is really tearing things up.

But, all is not well in Redmond. The Recruiting and attrition problem is becoming a national news story. CNN's coverage (from the past week) looks like this:

Microsoft's labor troubles
On top of a stagnant stock and a host of new competition, the software giant is said to be struggling to attract the best young talent.

Microsoft's all grown up.

Now, along with the middle-age woes of a stagnant stock and a host of new competition, the world's biggest computer software maker apparently can add "attracting young blood" to its list.

Microsoft's top excecs may be excited to work at the company, but some rank and file employees are not, a report says.

Microsoft   employees are growing more and more disillusioned with stagnating salaries and an increasingly contentious review system that they say is unfair, according to a recent report in WashTech News. That's led to more defections by senior engineers and growing dissatisfaction among rank-and-file workers, the report said. (CNN)

The Wash-Tech report is an eye-opener. It starts like this:

Defections by high-level engineers have stung Microsoft in recent months, prompting questions about a rush of creative minds for the door. One explanation is the Redmond software giant has grown too big and cumbersome to keep its top engineers happy and productive.

But the star engineers who are jumping to younger technology companies, such as Google and Yahoo, aren't the only employees who are disgruntled with day-to-day operations.

Internal Microsoft documents obtained by WashTech News show that Microsoft salaries have been stagnant or nudged only slightly higher over the past two years. Comments from current and former employees about the company's compensation and performance review system suggest a growing level of frustration among rank-and-file workers.

Wash-Tech, to be fair, is a communications front for the union trying to organize digital workers in the state. But, the facts are the facts. Much of Microsoft's recent visibility in Recruiting circles seems to be a political style spin offensive aimed at new Recruiting products (to compete with Salesforce.com) and the market of potential employees who are not aware of the company's circumstances.

We're reminded of the old recruiting joke. On the second visit to hell, when the new recruit asks about the difference between his initial experience and the reality of hell, the devil says, "On that first visit, we were recruiting you."

 John Sumser

Don't forget to check out the blogs on bert.

Special Edition: Demographic Surprises.
Special Edition: Trends In The Changing Workplace.

Click On Our Sponsors

Focused Candidates Visit Focused Job Boards.
Find your focus below and discover a new channel of fresh talent!
Accounting / Finance jobsinthemoney.com
Accounting / Finance CareerBank.com
Call Center CallCenterJobs.com
Construction ConstructionJobs.com
Consulting ConsultingCareerQuest.com
Drivers / Trucking JobsInTrucks.com
Employee Benefits BenefitsLink.com
Enviro/Occup. Health & Safety EHSCareers.com
Executive RiteSite.com
Executive NETSHARE.com
General JobKite.com
Health / Medical HealthJobsUSA.com
Health / Medical NurseTown.com
Hispanic / Bilingual LatPro.com
Logistics JobsInLogistics.com
Manufacturing JobsInMFG.com
Retail AllRetailJobs.com
Tax Specialists TaxTalent.com
Telecom / Wireless TelecomCareers.net
Transitioning Military TAOnline.com
For more Specialty Boards, visit:
Employer's Corner on TopUSAJobs.com

Home | ERN | Bugler | The Blogs | Blogroll | Advertise | Archives | Careers

Contacting Us:
interbiznet, Mill Valley, CA 94941

Copyright © 2013 interbiznet. All rights reserved.
Materials written by John Sumser © TwoColorHat. All Rights Reserved.

To receive this Newsletter in Email each weekday, please use the form on the linked page.
If you have any problem with this form please click on the link below and enter your email address:    SUBSCRIBE      Thank you.

Click On Our Sponsors

Electronic Recruiting News


         - Bugler
           Daily Industry News

         - ERNIE
           ERN in Email


  • BlogRoll
  • Integrated Employment
          Branding Presentation
  • Trends Whitepaper
  • interbiznet Listings
  • interbiznet Trends
  • interbiznet Bookclub
  • Top 100 E-Recruiters
  • Presentations
         - Recruiting Then/Now
  • Recruiter's Toolkit
  • Seminar In A Box
  • ERN Archives
  • 1st Steps In The Hunt


  • Our Rate Card
  • Demographics


  • BlogRoll
  • Tony Lee
  • Emergent Properties
  • Even More Metrics
  • Traffic Myths
  • The Bugler
  • Traffic and Measurement
  • Come Back
  • BoB
  • Thanks for the News
  • Jane
  • What's Ethical?
  • Trucking
  • Tusk
  • BuildIing & Seeding 4
  • BuildIing & Seeding 3
  • BuildIing & Seeding 2
  • BuildIing & Seeding I
  • HC Management


    Stocks We Watch:
    Public Companies
    in Electronic Recruiting


         © 2013 interbiznet.
         All Rights Reserved.

         Materials written
         by John Sumser
         © TwoColorHat.
         All Rights Reserved.