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Used to be great but mediocre now

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

1. Great Impact
2. Good Benefits
3. Generally smart people

Cons

1.Too much politicking
2. People tend to do stuff to get better reviews Vs the right thing

It is always having to worry about the review that bugged me. People generally dont tend to "own" things. Managers have been typically in their roles for more than a few years so they dont have much incentive to grow.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Let Innovative people grow !

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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 a 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

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 a 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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