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Great place for diversified experience

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

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Microsoft has a great variety of teams doing very different work. Where else can you switch from low level hardware drivers to game development to cloud without changing companies?
The benefits are great too.

Cons

- You are penalized when you switch teams, nothing you did on the previous team counts anymore, even if it's withing the same division/org.
- Politics is more important than technical ability and collaboration is not valued, it's better to redo something that get other team to adjust a library for example.
- Review system gives too much power to leads, you have to do what they think is best, not what's best for Microsoft or the customers.
- Some decisions come from above from nowhere and no explanation, a little transparency would be great for motivation.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get rid of the banded review system and put more weight on peer review to increase collaboration.
Flatten the orgs and be more transparent.
Unify Microsoft, get rid of full loop interviews to switch teams to enable cross-pollination.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Former Employee - Research Intern  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    It is the best place to do an internship.

    Cons

    there is no cons that I remember.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Lots of great people, but large company culture and politics

    Former Employee - Principal Architect  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Principal Architect in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people, great products, can have impact on millions of people

    Cons

    Culture has changed, lots of politics and beaurocracy and second guessing

    Neutral Outlook
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