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Great place for diversified experience

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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 (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 (less than an 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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    Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Software Architect in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Folks are very intelligent. The company is very structured. Can work in many different areas.

    Cons

    The company is big and sometimes there is a lot of duplication. Strategy might be hard to understand

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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