Paul wrote:This might interesting reading
http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/ ... ?uniontribMicrosoft's VIP interns
Company aims to lure the best and brightest, promote its products
This is a re-hash of an old article MSFT gets out every once in a while. Earlier they used to even have limo service to/from SEATAC airport. Notice that the main thing (salary) is pretty run-of-the-mill average....rest of the "VIP" stuff is just mere fluff But that "fluff" is what is counted on to impress the naive youngsters and lure 'em in hook, line, sinker (similar to Google's fun activities and free food) - once they join that "VIP" treatment is a distant memory!
“You feel like royalty to be escorted by police,” said Joriz De Guzman, a 19-year-old intern working toward his master's degree in business administration at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
MSFT and other cos. just use a time-worn Bania tactic of offering something cheap to close a bigger deal! Guzman mian and others like him need to realize that after he joins MSFT the only time he will be escorted by police is when he is laid off and he tries to be difficult about leaving.
In most big cos. (incld. ours) these sort of "perks" are organized - for example, we have hikes, all paid 3/4 day trips to Lake Tahoe/Donner Pass, Go-kart races (with trophies awarded etc.), BBQ parties and all that fluff. I was eagerly waiting for the Go-kart races this year so that I could beat the pants off some of 'em Oiropean interns who think zey are ze real drivers - bet they haven't faced a desi driver in competition before! Unfortunately the Go-kart program got cancelled this year