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Great company to intern at, lots of resources

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Current Employee - Development Lead in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Development Lead in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Pretty representative of what the experience of working at a large software company is like. Some of the execs are still technical which is a plus if you're a dev. Starting to take Design seriously, so hiring some world class folks in that area. Some really great devs who are still trying to get the company to innovate. Try to find out where they are and work with them.

Cons

COO was hired from Walmart. Need I say more? Devs are completely disempowered. PMs are running the show. Read the Vanity Fair article for details. The perf review system is as horrible as it says, so plan to leave within 5 years max. After that, MS will start wanting to push you out to hire some new grads to work the machine. Know what you're in for and leave on your own terms.

Advice to Management

Fix perf reviews. Stop hiring biz peeps to manage devs, that's not the way to a great OHI in dev. Great devs do not want to just implement what PM + Design cooked up without having some input in the process. Actions speak louder than words.

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    Felt like just another number.

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    Former Intern - PM Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - PM Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great products
    -great opportunities
    -PM roll rocks

    Cons

    -hit or miss with management. i had really bad luck with a manager that rejected her last 3 interns.
    -no personalized attention really -- off on your own and expected to figure things out completely (my experience, my friend had different experiences)
    -traffic if commuting from downtown Seattle

    Advice to Management

    -Invest more in your employees
    -Try to keep groups seem smaller

  2. the Vanity Fair article was on target...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Technology Strategist
    Current Employee - Enterprise Technology Strategist

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technologies, very smart people, great benefits, employees seem to have a sense of pride, beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Extremely political, Very internally focused, too much red tape and unnecessary processes/reporting. Lower level management staff is very ineffective. The compensation plan is not very good. You are judged on your ability to position yourself politically and not by your ability.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the unnecessary reporting and red tape. Judge your team on results and not politics.

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