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Good company to relax when you want to get settled in life

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Hyderābād (India)
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

good salary
good work culture
less work pressure
great colleagues to work with

Cons

less ownership
fewer opportunities to innovate
more or less flat learning curve

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Vast range of jobs, tasks, products & services provides lots of niches for software professionals.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are still some truly great folks who work at MIcrosoft. You can learn a lot from them. The sheer diversity of products within the same company is hard to match: you can find exactly the right product on which you'd like to work. Many teams have really good work/life balance. You'll have the opportunity on many teams to see world-scale software being developed and maintained.

    Cons

    The review system is very discouraging: a large chunk of the employee base will get a dispiriting message every year and there's no real (economic) benefit to being on a high-performing team.

    Though large, Microsoft is insular when it comes to its own technologies and products. It's hard to maintain or grow your skills outside of the MS ecosystem without a lot of isolated effort.

    Huge legacy and installed user base size creates a lot of inertial that makes innovation harder. This applies to both the products themselves and the processes/tools used to create them.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp, replace or remove the rating system. Add some notion of team rewards for success.


  2. Great place to learn the basics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A place where for the most part you only deal with smart and competent people. It's a place where we measure twice and then cut once.

    Cons

    Very heavy machinery when it comes to process - it's very hard to "just do it". Most work translates to cross team work which adds layers of complexity in terms of people. As a developer it's hard to balance the creative way of approaching software versus the analytical "figure out everything before we do anything".

    Advice to Management

    It's not really an option at Microsoft to just go fix things in other products - the only thing you can do is open a bug and hope that the other team will deal with it. Management should encourage, empower and reward people that cross product boundaries.


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