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Helpful (1)

Your manager owns your

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

- Good compensation & benefits. - Looks good in the resume

Cons

- You manager has TOTAL control over your destiny, and that includes you future career opportunities within MS, your work/life balance, and virtually everything must be aproved by your manager. It totally up to them to rate you, regardless of your previous ratings. It's up to them to decide that you'r late, even if you're ahead anyone else with your work. The stack review system made it clear where the boundary is for people to turn into a**holes.

Advice to Management

Democratize the culture. Giving too much power to the immediate manager will only drive people away of your company, especially the ones that have other options and don't have trouble finding a new job.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Plenty of rote, unexciting work; twenty+ year old codebases

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hours were flexible; manager did not micromanage; bright coworkers; excellent health insurance; if you are lucky (and very talented), you might get to work on something very interesting. The company is huge and moving around from team to team can expose one to a variety of technologies.

    Cons

    Disclosure: I was working on a very old piece of software and had little exposure to some of the newer projects at MS. Furthermore, I found the weather unbearably gloomy (Seattle), which no doubt played a role in my overall dissatisfaction. Relatively few employees really get to contribute meaningfully (the rest are primarily engaged in useless work). The salary was relatively low. There was no feeling of passion of any kind in 80% of my coworkers. Internal "morale" meetings were a joke. There is an excessive focus on individual features as opposed to providing a cohesive user experience.

    Advice to Management

    Shake up the ranks--get rid of dead employees who are just hanging around without much use. Do not undertake projects that will result in incomplete/awkward functionality.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Great talent but leadership and culture are road blocks

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Talent Good Benefits If you like technology, it is cutting edge Pay is average but benefits makes up Very driven work environment in you are a techy (development group/QA/etc) Easy to switch roles and move to different team - lot of internal transfer/growth opportunity

    Cons

    Marketing and Business side is short term focused Metrics are short term focused Culture is highly political "What can you do for me today" Up or Out HR policies does not allow people who are happy and good at what they are doing to keep doing that successfully Lot of dead wood - specially in management In-bred culture - silo view of the world

    Advice to Management

    Change the culture - get a new Chief Operating Officer who cares about technology and get a new Chief People Officer who care about the culture and how it impacts the company over the long run.


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