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Microsoft knows how to take care of their software developers

  • Work/Life Balance
  • 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
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Developers have their own offices. Because Microsoft has a longer release cycle than many software companies, the stereotypical "have to work overtime because the project is due" doesn't really apply. Very laid-back environment. As long as you get your work done and don't miss meetings, no one really minds when you work.

Cons

As with any company with thousands of employees, sometimes you can feel like a grain of sand on the beach. As a developer, you don't have a say in the big picture of the company. If that's important to you, don't work here; find a start-up.

Microsoft Response

Nov 16, 2012 – Marketing Manager

Thank you for the candid review, great comments and insight.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Great experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    I was happy with the managers that I dealth with.


  2. Empowering

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Design Verification Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Contractor - Design Verification Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Talk to engineers, not middle management


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