Microsoft’s Changing Corporate Culture Brings Back Former Employees

Dean Lester had been away from Microsoft for more than six years when the calls from former colleagues started rolling in at the end of 2016. He had just finished establishing a Redmond engineering center for Qualcomm and was considering his next move.

“Hey, you should think about coming back,” the messages said, sent from peers he met during his 13-year stint at Microsoft.

When Lester, an engineering director, left the company at the end of 2009,