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Great benefits, culture focused on corporate gamesmanship

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

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

Pros

Great pay, bonuses, opportunity for upward mobility.
Wide variety of opportunities.

Cons

Projects are run in such a way as to discourage innovation and exploration. More time spent planning and justifying than doing. Use agile terminology when the environment combines agile and waterfall in a way that robs each of the things that are positive about them. No empowerment to adapt the process to the team and project.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Tolerate more ambiguity to allow more innovation. Forcing teams to spend so much time telling you what they're going to do, by when, months in advance is discouraging risk-taking and innovation.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great company, lots of room to move, but heavy on politics

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Innovative, lots of room to move around, employees are treated well in terms of salary and benefits. Amazing people who can make your job fun and energizing.

    Cons

    Politics stifles innovation. Dissent is still politically loaded, and depending on your group, career suicide. Culture of silence around bad managers means there are many bad ones, more than you'd expect, at a large, productive company. Some of the folks who've been around a long time, and are very senior in the company, need to be moved around, or out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The cons include my advice to management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work as a summer intern.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The internship program at Microsoft is excellent. They seem to treat interns as full time employees in terms of work. They also have lots of pretty fun events over the course of the summer and you get a chance to meet a lot of other interns and network within the company. They also pay really well.

    Cons

    The project I was given could have been more interesting, but that seems to vary a lot between interns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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