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Good place to park -- if that's what you want

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Current Employee - GPM  in  Redmond, WA
Current Employee - GPM in Redmond, WA

Pros

Great benefits; steady, predictable. It's not going anywhere.

Cons

Steady, predictable. It's not going anywhere.
Hard for a junior person to make it to senior.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Management especially engineering management, needs more experience outside Microsoft. Key decision-makers have been there forever and don't know that often the world has moved on.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Everyone should work here at least once in their career lifetime

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Good brand and worldwide
    Diverse in products and people
    Good benefits
    Good place to learn new technologies
    Good career plan

    Cons

    Too many office politics (not in all team but majority) and performance review system is screwed
    The company is too big, so you feel your work may not really have big implication
    Base pay salary is considered below many other tech companies
    Ackward company stock price, so don't expect much on this

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please come up with better way to reduce the flaw in the performance review system. There are many good people leaving the company because of that, and some cunning employees who are good at the politic game mostly will stay forever and spread the bad culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Love it or hate it. Not much in between.

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

    Pros

    For type A personalities that can handle the politics, you can make a very good living. The benefits are amazing. The Redmond campus is is very nice place to work. Your experience will depend greatly on the group your wind up in. For those fortunate enough to hook up with a good group, and get a good manager, MS is a great place to work.

    The company's core businesses, Windows and Office, still provide a near guaranteed flow of profit. There is no worry about the company hurting for cash anytime soon.

    If the offer is from the right group, and you can handle the politics, then I recommend giving Microsoft a try.

    Cons

    On the other hand, if you get a bad manager, or wind up in a position that is a poor fit, your career at Microsoft will end swiftly even if you have a long history of strong performance. Every year, 20% of employees are given poor rankings (forced distribution), effectively ending their career at Microsoft. The forced stank rank distribution ensures that half off all new hires are gone within 5 years, and will not vest the majority of their stock awards. Discount the value of your job offer accordingly.

    Microsoft is a giant company, and it's nearly impossible to be more than a small cog of the machine. If you're looking to be a force for change, look elsewhere. If you try to change the company from the inside, you're more than likely going to make enough enemies to end your career.

    Although the company is still a top employer, many of the very best programers go to Facebook or Google if they can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company hasn't achieved anything in the past decade, management needs to be changed at the top. If the company didn't have such vast retained earnings, change would have been forced may years ago.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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