Leaving Microsoft – I could have stayed at Microsoft, waited for the other 85% of the company to ship their products, and then hope support for my group might be back on track again, but I didn’t want to sit around doing little to nothing until Vista, Office, and Exchange ship. It’s easier to get funding outside Microsoft than inside at the moment, so I am stepping out and doing my own thing.
While my similar experience was with a much smaller company, It’s terribly frustrating when you’re all gung-ho for a project and then can’t get anything approved. I sat for about 6 to 8 months, waiting on a company to move, until finally I just had to get out before I went insane.
The “big” boss was always wonderful, and even told me that I could do side-work from my office. She just wanted to keep me there. But when you’ve put a lot into your job, sometimes everything isn’t enough.