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Lovely company, but I had a terrible time

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Bellevue, WA

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

Pros

Smart people

They take care of all legal matters

Cons

Stack rank system is terrible

My manager was terrible

I was put into a team very different from what I really wanted, and this was done without my knowledge. I had no choice.

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    Great company

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, incredible opportunites for your career and interesting work. Always pushing the envelope and never statisfied with the status quo. You have a lot of autonomy to make a difference . great people and always challenged by really smart and passionate people

    Cons

    A little too focussed on process and measurement and not enough focus on the Customer and Competions Culture still too much based on individual accountabily and heros not enough reinforcement through compensation for teamwork

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit the performance review system creates too much internal competition and takes focus of the customer and the competition. Cut back on all of the internal meeting especailly those which require to much preperation and limit the amount of powerpoints

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    Consultant without a desk, required to be at my desk during business hours, heh heh.

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    Former Contractor - Financial Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Financial Analyst in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good perks such as transportation pass, parking, drinks in kitchen and frequent parties.

    Cons

    High vender turnover, large bureaucracy, more emphasis on being "at your desk" than getting things done, but this depends on department and manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use the FTE's more, and reduce usage of vendors. Create a pathway for vendors to become FTE's. Put more emphasis on getting things done, less on being at your desk. Let mobile vendors be mobile, or give them a desk.

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