Microsoft employee writes vlogs about her last day at work before the termination

While working in tech may seem glamorous, the reality is often different. Technology workers tell stories of long hours, excessively high expectations, and a highly competitive work environment that takes a significant toll on their mental health.

Author Sharon Gaudin writes for Computer World about this stressful environment and interviews several people who support the idea that working in the technology industry is not child’s play.

“I find [the stress] is fairly commonplace in any successful technology company,” said Victor Janulaitis, CEO of Janco Associates Inc., a management consulting firm. “It’s just a very stressful environment. You’re dealing with a lot of money and a lot of Type A’s who want to get things done. If you’re not a certain type, you won’t make it. It’s like the Wild West. They have their own rules.”

This has led some to label the modern tech industry as “toxic.” One person who might agree with this sentiment is TikTok user Raga (@noragallection), who recently went viral after documenting her last day at Microsoft on the campus in Bellevue, Washington.

“Now I’m a free woman,” she says at the end of her video. “Thank God.”

The video currently has over 30,000 views.

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In the video, viewers can see Raga arrive at her work, grab some of the free drinks available to staff, and leave.

“Come along to quit my job, which I really hate because I’m choosing happiness,” she says in the video.

In another video, Raga explains that she currently has no plans as to what to do next.

“I quit my toxic job and don’t really have any specific life plans,” she notes. “I’m basically on sabbatical trying to figure out shit and I’m freaking scared.”

“I feel like I’ve never done unsafe and risky things before,” she continues. “People tell me I’m brave and I’m freaking scared.”

In the comments section, users supported Raga on her journey.

“Proud of you girl we’re the same,” wrote one user.

“I was a month and a half ago but now I’m UNEMPLOYED,” claimed another. “I’m still glad I did.”

“I quit after December 2019 and it was literally the best decision — my only regret is not taking more time off between jobs,” recalled a third. “Good luck my mate.”

When asked for a storytime, Raga clarified in the comments that while Microsoft may seem like a great company, it’s also big, so “not all teams are created equal”.

“While I’m kind of traumatized, all I know is that my experience isn’t ordinary – a lot of people are happy, but I think tech is overrated on Tiktok,” she wrote in the comments. “I would still recommend people to try it because it pays well. It just didn’t work out for me / My team culture was super toxic.”

The Daily Dot reached out to Raga via TikTok comment and Microsoft via email.

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*Initial publication: October 8, 2022 at 10:28 am CDT

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