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Current Employee - Design Verification Engineer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Design Verification Engineer in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (more than 3 years)

Pros

Let you do your thing
Huge learning opportunities
Access to the latest technology
No micromanagement from the managers
Encourage initiative

Cons

Limited opportunities for advancement
Some office politics is unavoidable
Everything takes very long

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Talk to engineers, not middle management

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Reno, NV

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

    Pros

    Great benefits; open communication between levels; felt like my work and opinions were respected even by upper management in my group. In addition, my last manager there was excellent.

    Cons

    There was not much opportunity for advancement within my group for me (I was interested in pursuing software development rather than management) and it was hard to break into other groups, even though I had received consistently high performance reviews. Although I felt qualified, I was unable to land any positions that interested me in the Seattle area and ended up leaving the company so that I could continue to grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was happy with the managers that I dealth with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Wonderful opportunity, sometimes the company gets in their own way

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to move around, great benefits, making something big happen in the world. Smart people, a cultural wonder. A well-intentioned company and unfortunately, often misunderstood and even wrongfully demonized by the public/media. The company is MUCH BETTER than the 'haters' are eager to point out.

    Cons

    Organizationally, Microsoft is top heavy- few do the legwork which is largely done by vendors --contrast this to Amazon where each employee does their outward-facing work (Amazon is, however burning out their employees so there is a balance somewhere).

    Microsoft has long had too much consensus-based decision-making which slows the company down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on getting MS people to balance vision with EXECUTION. Today, there are many visionaries but need more of their fingerprint in the work that is actually delivered out to the world.
    I would say 90% of most MS employees' time is spent in internal meetings or trying to build their internal brand. Instead, 80% of their time should be spent developing something that the world can consume, not decks to impress execs. (less MYR, more GTM).
    Also need more right-hand/left-hand orchestration so that groups can discover what one another is doing. e.g. the Insight 360 could be used not only as a personality tool, but as a goal-sharing tool that everyone shared openly to articulate what they need from one another. There is a template for that ready to execute in the program. WWSM memos were great but they break down at the GM level and lower.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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