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Great learning experience

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

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Good tools that help with the day-to-day, sometimes they break and it's painful, but still a lot better than not having them.
Private offices, which are nice if you just want to be heads-down and get work done.
Lots of really smart people, from which you can always learn something new.

Cons

Long hours.
Very political environment, a lot of middle management.
Most times "How it looks" or the "Team Stats" are more important than doing the right thing for users or the company.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Promote better managers

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
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    Great technology; lost cycles developing worthless muscles

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome tech. Really smart people. Global diversity. Culture is still based in innovation. As far as companies, in America go, this is one of the best.

    Cons

    Feels like congress sometimes. Politics and duplicative work assignments lead to gross inefficiencies. Growth here is not real, unless you feel like more responsibility at the same pay rate is professional growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in yourself as leaders. Grow leadership muscles. Rethink the fact that someone needs to leave MSFT and come back 6 months later; if they want to progress in their career. That is just silly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Not the company it once was

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are pretty good (not great).

    Cons

    Most of the agressive business tactics that made Microsoft a powerhouse to be respected, feared, and (by some) reviled are a thing of the past. Instead of focusing on the competition, most people seem to spend their day figuring out how to beat the guy in the office next door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've created a culture of non-stop internal politics while your competitors have successfully eroded all of your core brands. The amount of time dedicated to "managing your Microsoft career" should tell you that your model is broken.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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