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Great opportunity for a college graduate

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Great perks.
Flexible schedule / Ability to work remotely, even from a different country.
Very good compensation,
Good work/life balance.
World impacting work.
Ability to get to know very smart or important people in the tech industry.

Cons

Cross-team collaboration is difficult.
Just like any other large organization, there is too much unnecessary process, but it depends on the team.
Necessity to look after yourself almost too aggressively to achieve promotions.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Empowering

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Design Verification Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Contractor - 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
  2.  

    Wonderful opportunity, sometimes the company gets in their own way

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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