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Helpful (1)

Great company to intern at, lots of resources

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Development Lead in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Development Lead in Redmond, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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 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.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    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 Management

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


  2. Helpful (1)

    Possibly the best company to work for, if you are up to the challenge, can deal with pressure and politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimited resources, brilliant people, thought leadership, best products, potential to impact the entire marketplace

    Cons

    Senior Leadership really struggling and blocking new talent, cross collaboration does not exist. Performance review is chaotic and incentive politics and feuds.

    Advice to Management

    Performance review model is awful and is killing the company making talent to flee to competitors. Stack ranking is a cancer that blocks Microsoft to realize its full potential as it kills any cross collaboration initiatives Way too many Senior Leaders "Vesting In Peace" and blocking new leaders. MS is wasting a big opportunity in Emerging Markets specially in Russia and Brazil due to lack of talent in those regions... The company doesn't repatriate the senior talent such areas produced in the past who migrated to Redmond and could now lead far better than any current legacy "big shot"


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