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Could be great if you can navigate the politics.

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  • 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)

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Lots of opportunities to do different types of work. Good benefits. Lots of perks e.g. mobile phone discounts on every major carrier, discounted software and hardware, free MSDN accounts, telecommute, free bus service.

Cons

Difficult to get ahead unless you can get noticed by the right people. Cutthroat performance review practices.

Advice to Management

Overall the company is going in the right direction. Middle management could use some work.

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  1. Engaging work, smart people, great life but slow to ship

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good management, good career development - Lots of opportunities and products, so one can expand one's experience within the company - Smart people to work with, though people are transitioning more to other companies - Good work life balance

    Cons

    - Time to ship tends to be very slow - Lots of processes to follow

    Advice to Management

    Speed up development cycle by reducing process overhead


  2. Helpful (7)

    A once great company that is now a shark tank

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Top benefits, strong pay, smart co-workers, opportunity to move around and have a career. Flexible work environment (as long as you discount the lack-life balance)

    Cons

    The company's review system pits employees against each other - there is very little team work, a ton of politics to negotiate, and regardless of doing a good job you can be killed in a review based on forced stacked ranking. The worst of it is that the pretend that it is all fair. Admit to having the work environment be a reality survivor show with people's careers and I'd at least respect the workplace there. Finally, they preach work-life balance while making that impossible

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the antiquated G.E. inspired review system and stop pitting employees against each other, or stop complaining about the lack of trust your workforce has. Get prepared for mass exodus once the economy changes... your employees will remember being treated like a number and the dog-fight atmosphere.


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