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Great company to intern at, lots of resources

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
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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)

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    10 years experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    incredibly smart people with amazing ideas & fun to say I work at Microsoft to those outside of Seattle area.

    Cons

    Benefits declining, rating system is flawed, must be an individual player to move up, 5% firing per year, stock is stagnet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    All Defense, No Offense

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Planning in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Planning in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Health benefits
    Highly profitable
    Good facilities

    Cons

    Political
    Lack courage to invent categories
    Cutthroat at principal level and above

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the cronyism. Reward the intrapreneurs. They are your future.

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