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Hit or miss, some parts of the company are great, some parts are not

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

Great benefits, comps, interesting technology, smart people if you find the right groups

Cons

Politics, no real loyalty to employees, long term trajectory of company is not promising

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Microsoft needs to disrupt markets, shed lower quality talent faster, and transform sooner

Recommends
Neutral Outlook

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once great, now full of fail

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - The people you work with are usually good people
    - Free drinks and Starbucks/Seattle's Best coffee
    - Pay is pretty good

    Cons

    - Benefits suck now
    - Company has been going nowhere for over a decade
    - Review system is an abomination
    - If you're unlucky enough to work in the newer buildings, enjoy the moronic decisions to put everyone in open spaces and block off the windows so you can't see outside. If you like working in a cave surrounded by maddening levels of noise, this might be the perfect environment for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about getting input from the employees before making stupid choices like NO offices for almost everyone? What about asking for feedback on big bets instead of revealing them long after the decisions have been etched in stone and too late to change? I mean really, getting rid of the START button for crying out loud??? Look WAY into the future and come up with something that will actually work and move the stock in a positive direction. Get rid of the completely broken review system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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