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Good starting work place if you are just out of college!

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

Pros

The salary is good, you are surrounded by really smart people. The work environment is pretty laid back.

Cons

Things tend to get slow as there is quite a bit of red tape. Vision trickles down too slowly

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    Great benefits, culture focused on corporate gamesmanship

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    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rusting, gold-plated handcuffs

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

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

    Pros

    Salary can't be beat.
    Cash cow divisions (office/windows) can have good work/life balance

    Cons

    Review system requires politics/perception-management at all levels to succeed.
    Benefits are eroding, both personal budgets and team morale budgets
    Cash cow divisions (office/windows) have little advancement opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the review system; it is overly based on individual performance instead of team performance, and it requires "stretch goal" achievements that are only achievable with political connections to get anything more than an average review.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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