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Not the company it used to be

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  • Senior Management
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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

The great thing about a company like this is that they have the resources, talent, and market share to affect millions of peoples' lives in a positive way. Working there gave me a great sense of being able to make an impact on the world. It's filled with people that know how to make good software and work hard.

Cons

Management structure has stifled the company's ability innovate and doesn't allow individual creativity and ingenuity to flourish and contribute to the product. It's easy to get pigeon-holed in a specific role. As a result, you have to be willing to change groups every couple of years if you want to make sure you don't get bored and you continue to receive the compensation you deserve.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There are too many people in management positions that don't belong there. There needs to be a tighter screening of the people that you promote to management-level positions and the ones that make it there need to be more open and accepting of the contributions their team members can make, that might not fit into the strict definition of their role. Sometimes the best innovation comes from somebody who is close to the product but might not work in a particular area (a developer with a great UX idea, a tester with a great feature idea, etc.)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Frenetic Activity, Challenging, Competitive and Fun

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    Current Employee - Service Level Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Service Level Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with the latest technologies, Exciting Projects , Smart People, you learn something new everyday

    Cons

    The Review system is counterproductive, Managers are not trained to bring out the best in their staff , projects that get the plug pulled before they get a chance to prove out, Mean people win out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You draw the best people but your approach to resource management drives them off and curtails their ability to contribute...forced ranking and HI PO investment is an outdated 20th century approach

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Cheap, Competitive payrates for Contractors.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Free Coffee made from real beans. lol Lots of smart people, and top talent to be around. Inspiring. You'll meet some of the most talented, driven, aggressively smart, and most knowledgeable people in the Industry. Except for the Nepotists.

    Cons

    Unnecessarily competitive in a weird way, can be intimidating, lots of nerds, very narrow focus, but highly detailed. The nepotism ruins it all. Even hiring friends over another that's more passionate about the Industry is what holds Microsoft back in the dust of Apple and Google. LOL

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave the Harvard Business Formalities at home, this is the new frontier we're trying to create, not perpetuate textbook methodologies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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