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Looking back : Seven years at Microsoft

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
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)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

The people you work with everyday, make for an incredible workplace experience. Lots of smart people to learn from and to challenge you. There's a lot of diverse technologies and domains to pick from as an software engineer. Find something that challenges and excites you without leaving the company. The benefits are great, though they used to be better. Some great updates were made this year and that makes me optimistic about the future.

Cons

Sometimes suffers from typical big company problems. Changes and are slow and bureaucratic at times. Many teams still manage to find ways around that and remain extremely agile. It's easy to get lost in the crowd and stand out. There is a LOT of very smart and talented individuals here.

Advice to Management

Make it easier to make lateral career changes within Microsoft. The current Stack Ranking Review system needs to go. It needs to be replaced with something that rewards teams rather than individual successes.

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  1. It has been an amazing experience at Microsoft

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work culture, really smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Company's focus towards employees is reducing

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building your employees


  2. Great 12 years overall but last two not so much

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great - creative thinkers, focused and results oriented. Great breadth of opportunity across the different businesses - consumer, enterprise, software, hardware, etc.

    Cons

    As a former manager the calibration process and reviews has not been tied to reality for the last few years. Most people are rewarded well but some just get stuck in a rut and you have no opportunity to pull them out.

    Advice to Management

    Change the top level management and stop moving the deck chairs around below. Stop and think about what you want everyone to line up behind. There are too many agendas by different divisions. Microsoft needs to work on being either one company or split the company up.


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