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Marketing is a great use of my experience

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

Pros

money makes the world go round

Cons

politics and people are frustrating

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Positive Outlook
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Great talent but leadership and culture are road blocks

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    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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