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If you're an engineer, it's like working at Disneyland

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

1) Very smart, knowledgeable coworkers. You can definitely learn from your team mates. 2) Many interesting projects to choose from. No matter what part of computer science you are interested in, there's some group working on it. 3) Top notch development tools and other software at work. 4) Better than average pay, great benefits. 5) Free MSDN Ultimate subscription for Employees means you can get almost every Microsoft software product free for your home use. Deep discounts on Microsoft products at the company store when you are buying gifts for friends. 6) Most employees have their own office (though many new employees are doubled up), so you don't hear everyone's personal phone conversations at work.

Cons

1) If you are used to being the smartest and most capable developer in your company, that won't be true anymore. Your coworkers will be just as smart as you. This is hard for some people to deal with. 2) Arbitrary but Darwinian personnel evaluation process. This alienates a lot of good workers. Read the Vanity Fair article for details. 3) It's a really big company, so all the big company ills are present - lots of unnecessary process, empire building, political (character) assassinations in the management ranks.

Advice to Management

Scrap the evaluation system. If you put together a team of 10 superstars, you shouldn't have to torpedo one of the superstar's career's to fit an arbitrary curve.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. great company that needs a change at the helm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Technology Specialist (ATS) in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Account Technology Specialist (ATS) in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Progressive technology company Most products are pretty good Good benefits and work environment Very smart people

    Cons

    Walmart mentality at the helm of operations team CEO has stayed too long and is time to go Slipping in consumer's eyes due to lack of leadership and some very visible poor product releases Needs to be more progressive Many of the great HR benefits have been taken away

    Advice to Management

    Time for a change at the helm


  2. It was phenomenal.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are one of the biggest and most successful companies in the world.

    Cons

    Moving to Washington is just too much.

    Advice to Management

    I would prepare speaking more before the interview.


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