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Losing Much of its Charm

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

flexibility in work schedules, can take time off for appointments whithout punching a clock. Salary pays the bills

Cons

Very political. A finance based company, not engineering. Hardware engineering is achieved by brute force and compromise on features/performance. Managers are a separate caste from individual contributor employees, keeping a high wall between the two cultures. Heavy workload - Need to put in 60-70 hours a week. Not efficient, not scalable.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop focusing so much onyour own careers and think about being a great manager

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
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    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

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    Cons

    Limited technical growth in SDET position. More manual testing.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Good company to start your career, but gets boring after a while

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great mentoring and training model.. Has some awesome people working and some great resources. It gives you good time to flourish and expand your skillsets

    Cons

    As you rise up sometimes politics kills you. Once you know the system it is easy to beat it and get lazy. A bit slow to change and not much new blood in the upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix that rating system and stop that stack ranking. I hated it being a manager to dole out those scores.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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