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nice company; less exciting product

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Mountain View, CA

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

nice company culture;
nice &smart colleagues;
work life balance

Cons

not so exciting product;
some potential politics you should be very careful;
people have to learn how to show themselves;

performance review will replace some people every year, this is for sure...
especially for mountain view branch. I heard about several cases, that
manager has finally "walked out" people from workplace...
so please keep on checking in your code changelist; keep on raising your
voice in email thread... also please do not make (even little) mistake, which will be
written in to the performance review.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

try more interesting product;
try more challenging idea

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    not as great as i expected

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Awesome facilities, great location. friendly coworkers. Vending machines are full of yummy snacks. merit based promotions.

    Cons

    mgmt seems under qualified at times. lack of vision sometimes felt. mgmts motiviatoinal tactics stink sometimes. never got to meet Bill Gates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would like to meet mr gates.

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    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to Grow, Learn

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Access to latest Msft Technologies
    CompetitivePay/Benefits including transportation and access to ProClub (local, high-end fitness club)
    Work with many motivated employees

    Cons

    Glass Ceiling once you are at Sr levels
    Limited exposure to non-Microsoft technologies
    Re-orgs can be fatiguing
    Collaboration between teams can be challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing a more collaborative culture by putting members of one team/product group on other teams/product groups for 3-6 month temp rotations, plus put other team's feedback on collaboration efforts as top commitment/goal for each employee, manager, exec.

    Recommends
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