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Microsoft is moving towards a "typical" big company era

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Benefits & Compensation IMO is still the best even after all the changes - esp if you have a family to look after. Being a big company also means there are many different product/industries that you can work in. If you are willing to look, with a bit of luck and networking you will usually find your best fit team very easily.

Cons

- Sometimes there are just too much process.
- And the review system just promote internal conflict instead of internal harmony IMO. I think the management has yet to show anyone that they are serious about getting product teams work together.
- The overall company culture does not promote job/idea exploration within the company. E.g. the overall process of pitching ideas, getting a review of your ideas, and getting resources for ideas are non-existent.

Advice to Management

If the management cannot figure out how to create an atmosphere of collaboration, then long term it will harm MS's ability to be the vision leader that it wants to be. So first please fix the review and process to allow better collaboration.

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  1. My 2 cents

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Seattle, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Get a chance to work on great product

    Cons

    Company is huge so the sense of existence is relatively weaker

  2. The Good & the Bad of Msft....

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX

    I worked 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

    Large Company, Lots of Marketing People, Funds set aside to help Market Products, Lots of Products, Long history of relationships with customers, Msft even has Financing options available to customers to make "deals' happen (ie 0% for 6-12 months). Good health benefits. Good match in 401k.

    Cons

    Trying to move up in large company is nearly impossible, seems the manager turnover only penalizes the FTE even more because then there no "current advocates" for FTE when it comes time for Annual Review and Stock Award. Annual Review Process is stacked against 80% of the workers. Good people lose in the Annual Review Process.

    Advice to Management

    Change the way you evaluate FTEs.

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