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Great devs but too many PMs hurting the company

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Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Hyderābād (India)
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Breadth of technologies you can work on, good resources, good salaries and benefits, good development centers in many cities, smart peers

Cons

Too much internal fighting, more competition with folks inside rather than outside, too PM focused, weak leadership promoting mediocre culture, too many non-code writing folks creating useless processes to prove their worth in-turn slowing down the company

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't promote false sense of success. Promote leaders only on producing actual business results, reduce number of PMs and make the company more dev centric which is how Google, Amazon, Facebook and other companies are operating.

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    Current Employee - Developer Evangelist
    Current Employee - Developer Evangelist

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Yearly travel to USA, lots of training opportunities.

    Cons

    Eventually, politics will hinder your creativity; how you want to do things vs how your boss wants to do things.

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  2. Lots of independence, given chance to make an impact and pursue your passion, rewarded well by industry standards

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Haifa (Israel)
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Haifa (Israel)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy, independence, latest hardware and software, remote access, high level of trust

    Cons

    Performance review process is a little crazy - managers have to identify a weak 10% and force good employees out. So teamwork is always accompanied by looking over your shoulder and trying to get noticed. Getting noticed by other managers, establishing a reputation, is more important than any actual work you do. There are plenty of people who play this game well. Also, work life balance was always off (too much work, if that wasn't clear).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the 10% rule

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