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Support Engineer

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Support Engineer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Support Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

Pros

Microsoft is a large, well-established employer that offers a host of great fringe benefits, such as a gym membership, legal support, life insurance, etc.. Salaries are fairly competetive and if you are a programmer or project manager, there are thousands of opportunities. For most roles, work hours are flexible with regard to start times and the like. There are a lot of training opportunities as well as tuition reimbursement as long as you are working towards a degree.

Cons

The performance management system sets up a somewhat hostile environment or at the very least an undercurrent of distrust and one-upmanship. You are reviewed against peers and other people in your 'level band' within your organization and across the company. There are a lot of politics involved and your score can become very subjective based on the Manager/Directors perception of you, rather than your actual accomplishments.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be consistent and as transparant as possible.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

8992 Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    Great people and products but you will work very hard

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    Former Employee - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great networking and teamwork plus a fun environment. I learned a ton from my peers and loved the morale events we had.

    Cons

    The work never ends and you can't effect much change. Plus you are constantly getting a new boss or new VP and that makes it very challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to reorg so much, it's the reason I would never come back.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Pretty Good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, great privacy

    Cons

    Dependent on the team you are in. IF that team isn't a fit for your skills, you're going to have a hard time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please utilize the best skills of each employee rather than telling every rabbit to climb a tree.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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