theodp writes: Earlier this year, Microsoft paid to have Regal Cinemas show a 'documentary' starring Bill Gates that aimed to make a programming career more attractive. The viral video from the Microsoft-tied Code.org video, CNN reported, 'emphasizes the perks and casual vibe of working at a deep-pocketed tech company, where employees get free food, work barefoot and skateboard around the office.' Lost on the cutting room floor, apparently, were less-attractive workplace practices, like when Microsoft demands $6,120-a-year from vendors for each programmer that works onsite at its facilities. Commercial real estate services firm CBRE, which was seeking a Project Coordinator and Project Manager to support Microsoft's North America Vendor Chargeback (VCB) program, boasts on its website that the 'vendor seating chargeback program' was raking in $25M even before the new fee hike, which takes effect in July.
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