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A great company to work for

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Compensation is great (pay + bonus + benefits) and reliable.
You get to work with a ton of passionate and smart coworkers.

Cons

Your work tends to be siloed to specific areas and there is a lot of bureaucracy and politics involved, especially as you cross divisions. It may be one company but the various divisions often don't collaborate well.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Encourage and reward cross-group collaboration and allow code to be changed across group boundaries.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Microsoft is great to work at as a contractor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are a V-, depending on level of experience, you should be earning at least $80-100K. Upside, you work with really intelligent people and it could be a lot of fun!

    Cons

    It is intense at Microsoft. Even as a contractor, you will work long and intense hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place for diversified experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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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