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Life of a Systems Engineer @ Microsoft

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  • Culture & Values
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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

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

Pros

Collaborative and flexible schedules. Microsoft has good benefits and wealth of learning opportunity because it has huge selections of articles, books, and media in the library.

Cons

Depending on the group(s) you're in but some groups practice discrimination and only hired their own kind of people (ie..East Indian People).

Advice to Management

Please be more involved in employee selection and careful on who you put in charge of hiring. Group diversity is most important and harnessing the most talents.

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  1. Overall Good experience

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Easy to change jobs, exposure to new/ latest technologies

    Cons

    Takes time to get things done

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to take more risks...


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great company with lots of opportunity to move and grow, but no work/life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get to work on big products used by millions of people, and there are lots of opportunities to learn and grow your skill set because you can move around within the company quite easily. Also provides some of the best benefits you'll ever find from any company. Lots of fun events!

    Cons

    Requires an enormous amount of your time to be effective, so there's little real work/life balance. The performance review process is overly political, pits you against your peers (causing some to be less willing to help you or take credit for things they didn't do), and your ability to do well tends to be tied quite closely to your manager's standing in the management team, and your manager's effectiveness in fighting for you in stack rankings.

    Advice to Management

    Discard the old Gates-style stack ranking process, it's time for it to go.


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