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Brilliant minds; mediocre management

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Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Some really smart people work at Microsoft. Some divisions are great. Others not as much.

Cons

There is far too much concern about what other "stakeholders" think.... soo many meetings that it takes forever to get anything done. The company rarely takes risks. Product reliability has gone done (just look at Internet Explorer).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Cut out the feature bloatware. Go back to basics. Keep things simple, fast, and easy to use.

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Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    OK if you know how to play the game

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the forced curve. Replace the CEO.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very stable, great place to grow yet coast.

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits (salary, insurance, perks)
    Lots of seasoned developers and leads to work with and learn from

    Cons

    Microsoft is a machine. There are tons of people at the company, and it's sometimes hard to feel like you've made an individual impact. Career growth is possible but you have to align heavily with your manager. Don't get too attached to any of your products because all of the higher ups are good at playing the alignment game. They will turn on a dime and leave you wondering why you wrote all that code for the past 6 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing. What Microsoft does works for Microsoft. It's up to the individual to understand this process and choose if it's right for them.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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