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A bumpy ride

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Principal Software Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Principal Software Design Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Good money, some places have very interesting work, but one has to look hard for them. You get to work with some incredibly smart people, and affect lives of millions. Or at least that's how it used to be.

Cons

Politics. Suddenly the whole team goes down the drain, and you have to jump off really fast if you don't want to get stuck in sewer for a long time. Compensation is getting less and less competitive with time. Upper management is not very bright or competent, everything worthy is done despite them.

Advice to Management

Just go away, and let innovative people take over.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Stack ranking doesn't reward innovation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft has some of the smartest people I have ever worked with. They have great technical challenges and I always had enough hardware and software resources to do my job.

    Cons

    The work culture is competitive to a fault. The forced stack-ranking causes behaviors that undermine a collaborative innovative environment. Every manager that tried to work around the system was replaced. Most employees move around the company regularly and engineers who try to become deep experts are penalized.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate stack ranking. Reward pure innovation. Invest in individuals growth and encourage deep expertise..


  2. Great so far, it could be better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid Benefits Lots of Products to choose from

    Cons

    Everyone has to have an opinion. Curve Flat stock

    Advice to Management

    Need a reality check. More could be done with less


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