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Microsoft is a best place to work

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Multiple personalized cafeterias, free equipment, office with a door, awards, smaller org setting within a huge company, work-life balance, higher pay, benefits, stock options

Cons

Curve review system for FTE that forces managers to give high performing members of their org a bottom score. Mandatory attrition.

Advice to Management

Revamp the review system so everyone has a scorecard that is evaluated once per quarter then the stack rank at the end of the year per level will have metrics and be founded on a more concrete structure.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Still a good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Support Escalation Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Support Escalation Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of worldwide internal opportunites. Good place to work if you want varied experiences. Excellent pay and benefits compared to other companies out there. Sure there are exception to this but on the whole I think it is true.

    Cons

    Company's strategy may leave you scratching your head at times. Large company means team cultures can vary greatly. You may get stuck on a lousy team or you may be fortunate to work on a great team - likewise with management. Seemingly constant reorgs and office moves. Performance rating system enforces some will get low scores and low or no bonuses.


  2. Learned a lot of things but did see some ugly politicking.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer/T in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer/T in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits Smart people Your own office Security (vs a startup)

    Cons

    Stack ranking You have to be very vocal to get your way (isn't that the same everywhere?) and to get a good ranking. Office politics or intra-company politics. Developers are valued more than testers (reflected in schedules where the testing schedule is shortened if developers are late with features) Lots of dependencies with other groups can make it hard to change direction on a product. Sometimes you do things just for show but they don't contribute to the product. Hard to move to development if you started as a tester.


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