Microsoft has been receiving a lot of backlashes lately. It all started with the booth girls that were hired to attend a private party, sending the wrong message to all of the women in the gaming industry. Now, a viral email is proving that Microsoft is not well versed in college vernacular, either.
An interning position at Microsoft is a gift from the gods for a young graduate. Having the opportunity to learn from the best is a boost for both the morale and the resume of a fresh engineer. Maybe that was what attracted Patrick Burtchaell’s roommate to the position offered by the company.
The man, who is a millennial just like any other student looking for an interning position this summer, was approached by a university recruiter from Microsoft with the following email:
“HEY BAE INTERN <3
Hi! I am Kim, a Microsoft University Recruiter. My crew is coming down from our HQ in Seattle to hang with you, and the crowd of Bay area interns at Internapalooza on 7/11.
BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, we’re throwing an exclusive party the night of the event at our San Francisco office, and you’re invited! There will be hella noms, lots of dranks, the best beats and just like last year, we’re breaking out the Yammer beer pong tables!
HELL YES TO GETTING LIT ON A MONDAY NIGHT.”
“Bae” is a millennial term that refers to a loved one in the sense that a boyfriend calls his girlfriend “bae”, or the other way around. The “<3” forms a heart in most chat apps.
“Hella” is slang for very good, exquisite. “Noms” is vernacular for food, or treats. “Getting lit” is the millennial way of saying getting drunk.
While it is admirable that Kim tried to speak the language of his audience, lots of people were not happy with the tone of the email.
Lots of Twitter users that saw the Twitter post were commenting that Microsoft is a serious company that should not try to lower itself to the level of using college slang in order to attract new interns.
Others said that the company is slipping and that the viral email is just another stain on its reputation, right next to the booth girls that were dressed in sexy schoolgirl outfits.
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