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Great company - needs more innovation, more diversity and a better review system

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

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Smart folks, great health club. Decent pay.

Cons

but culture undermines innovation and new products ala tabletPC. Can require a long commute due to high cost of homes near campus.

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  1. Excellent internship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Flexible project choices - Good mentorship/coaching experience - Projects that make an impact - Good networking opportunity with management and other teams - As intern you get many intern related events, and of course the intern gift

    Cons

    - Didn't really take my team ranking into consideration, got assigned to a random team. - Office type work environment vs. open space work environment (such as in Facebook or Google). - No free food.


  2. Support Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Be consistent and as transparant as possible.


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