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not so good in general

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Current Employee - Applied Researcher in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Applied Researcher in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (less than a year)

Pros

big company thus job security is good

Cons

project is not good as it is a remote site

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Giant Company with Giant Mess

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    1. Some free drinks.
    2. Good offices

    Cons

    1. Bad leadship. Reviewing system is so aweful that a lot of lower level ICs do not get credits.
    2. Competitive working instead of collaborative working environments.
    3. Politics: During reorganization, a lot of leads move with their managers and do not do much work at all. Dev manager get paid a lot with less work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the stupid forced curve and bring back morality and creativeness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great benefits and interesting opportunities, but unclear strategy and a toxic review system.

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    Current Employee - Content Publishing Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Content Publishing Manager II in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Easily the best health benefits of any company or organization I'm aware of worldwide. Strong internal and corporate support for diversity and progressive social issues like same-sex partnerships. Wonderful corporate values.

    Cons

    Total lack of clarity on the company's strategic direction; Microsoft doesn't need to have a finger in every pie. The new review model (or resurrection of the old one, if you've been at the company longer than five years) creates a toxic environment of mistrust and wasteful internal competition between teammates -- from the individual contributor level all the way up through executives. As if all that weren't bad enough, it's impossible to maintain any sort of work/life balance: Expect to end up working 10-12 hours regularly, with "death marches" near releases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the broken review model, get out of irrelevant international markets, and quit trying to get into every product category -- no, you CAN'T do it all!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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