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Great company, so-so managers

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

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

Pros

It's Microsoft
Resources
Incredible benefits (though they are taking a hit in 2013
Perks
Great experience

Cons

Salary < industry
Stack ranking
Managment that likes to micromanage, use the stick but no carrot

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Take a look at how your mid-level management is managing your ICs

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    MS Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager II  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Salary & Benefits
    Intelligent people
    Plenty of exciting projects
    Challenging
    Plenty of scope to grow
    Strong engineering culture
    Plenty of opportunities within the company
    Fun place to work

    Cons

    Stack ranking
    Excessive politics
    Visibility over substance
    People tend to get stuck at middle levels
    Plenty of people frustrated about lack of collaboration and teamwork
    There is a sense that we are not as innovative as we could be
    Can be a bit bureaucratic at times
    Not enough women in engineering roles
    Risk taking is not rewarded
    Managers are not as strong as they could be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of stack ranking. This will encourage collaboration and innovation and reduce the number of people who seek visibility rather than having an impact on the product. The current system tends to encourage employees to undermine each other because they know that someone else's success means my downfall. This also creates unnecessary stress and distracts from the actual work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, depends on which team you have worklife balance

    Cons

    Middle management get tangled in office politics a lot

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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