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Does It Stink To Work at Microsoft?

Working for Microsoft has never been easy. The stories of long hours, unceasing pressure and relentless rain are legendary.

Those days, stock options made it all worthwhile. These days, the stock is as flat as a world-record flapjack. And yet, the work goes on.

According to a recent article from Popular Science, one job at Microsoft is particularly deserving of our sympathy. Those who work in Microsoft's Security Response Center (profiled here) have the sixth-worst job in science. That's because these folks fight off what could be millions of hackers exploiting thousands of holes.

It could be worse. Other bad jobs include elephant vasectomist and whale feces researcher. My guess? Neither of these come with stock options, either.

And as far as stinking goes, being a "garbologist" has got to be the worst (I should know -- I put myself through college as an amusement park trash man!).

Would you want to work for Microsoft? Tell us why or why not by writing to [email protected].

Posted by Doug Barney on July 02, 2007 at 11:52 AM


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