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Life @ Building 99 - MSR

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Former Employee - Software Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Manager in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

- Lot's of smart people
- Great work-life balance
- Good comp package

Cons

- Lot's of people that think they're really smart...
- Attention seeking Divas galore
- No real concept of shipping software

Advice to Management

- Focus on results rather than on white papers - publications do not mean much if they're re-factoring someone else's patent
- Get some real Dev manager to drive development

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    It's alright."

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    Current Contractor - Project Coordinator in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Project Coordinator in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Microsoft has a lot of free parking, which I really appreciate. I wish they had free lunch though. Live and learn.

    Cons

    No free lunch, lots of required meetings. Woof! Those are tough. More freedom to express individuality and creativity.

  2. Helpful (5)

    Great place to work if you enjoy a competitive environment

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    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people at one's peer level; incredible philanthrapic benefits and culture such that it's both encouraged and supported w/dollars for employees to give time and money to charitable organizations.

    Cons

    The performance review process drives some unwelcome behaviour, including short-term fiscal year focus and a more competitive than collaborative environment. Though there's a recent attempt to focus more on collaboration, effectiveness is still very much considered only at an individual level rather than a group level. The 'greater than the sum of our parts' concept doesn't foster easily in that culture, which is a missed opportunity. There's also a lot of bureaucracy. Finally the annual financial budeting process is now such a mystery that finance ends up making funding decisions for the organization without understanding the opportunities and risks of such decisions.

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