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Helpful (3)

OK if you know how to play the game

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Nice compensation, great medical insurance.

Cons

Forced curve at the review. If your manager doesn't care much about you, you are probably getting a very low score at the review.

Advice to Management

Get rid of the forced curve. Replace the CEO.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    All the best technology. All the worst baggage.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you're a fan of Microsoft products, there's no better place to use the latest technology. Depending on your group, you may be using products that aren't even available to the general public. There isn't a single best way of doing things at Microsoft so each organization is free to develop their own best practices. From a career perspective, changing groups is like changing companies without having to start earning vacation again. The privacy policies are top notch. I have a lot of faith in my employer doing the right thing with a customer's personal data (even when I'm the customer) because I've been a part of so many reviews where privacy is highlighted as one of the most important things.

    Cons

    Too many fiefdoms: Microsoft was once a place where the best technical solution would win the day. There was time to argue the best way of implementing a feature. There are some important people around with delicate egos. Say the wrong thing and they will go out of their way to put in a bad word at review time. Easy to get stuck in the wrong role: I've witnessed people getting dropped in the wrong role after a reorganization. If you haven't been in your current role for 12-18 months, you could get stuck in an area that's outside your specialization. Come review time, that could mean a black mark on your review or the end of your job.

    Advice to Management

    1. Get Rid of Stack Ranking. 2. A good technical person does not automatically mean a good lead. 3. Put more weight into MSPoll. If seen entire groups flee when a bad manager came in. Figure out who those people are and don't allow them to become leads. A bad manager should not be allowed to become a manager of another group after they've messed up the previous one.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Mixed bag... 50% Epic, 50% Pointless

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good compensation - Good work/life balance - Definitely get to work on interesting and fascinating things.

    Cons

    - Toxic politicized yearly review system means the focus is on individual competition rather than team collaboration. - Very difficult to find the right people to connect with to get things done, simply a matter of scale. As a result, company probably runs at 10% efficiency just due to churn and communications loss. - A lot of people have bought the kool-aid, which leads to some poor decisions.

    Advice to Management

    - Make the review process more transparent, or you risk hemorrhaging more good people. - Remove the nepotistic aspects of reviews; work should be rewarded, not how much your manager can fight during calibration.


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