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Good Company to get your career started

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

Good opportunities to work on a lot of interesting projects.

Cons

Politics can be heavy. Don't look outside at available resources, focus on recruiting other companies top talent.

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Don't miss experienced resources who have a track record of working at start ups.

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    Rewarding, challenging and for your career you get out what you put in.

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    Current Employee - Service Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Service Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Access to technology at scales and budgets that are really big. Flexibility and freedom to manage your own work. You can have impact and build great things that impact people's lives. Compensation is fairly good, but you won't be driving the Ferrari unless you are highly compensated partner level VP (I.e. not an average engineer that actually writes code and develops software). Benefits are pretty good, but if you are younger and no family you don't really exercise them and option for higher comp would be appreciated instead. The technology and engineering discipline are fun and challenging and there are many great minds to learn from.

    Cons

    Once you are inside the ms bubble, you have 3 numbers: employee ID, stock level and review score. The rest of your life is tied to these arbitrary numbers. It is in your best interest to get hired in at highest stock level possible. In practice, stock level will dictate your base salary and stock awards while review score (1 thru 5 with 1 the highest) dictates bonus and usually promo. The review system of "stack rank" promotes disunity, dysfunction and discord. It is a cancer. Think hunger games. By the way I get 1's consistently and I still feel awful for the others that worked harder (but not smarter) than me. Your direct "lead" is useless, with no management training or accountability your lead feels lie a peer instead of a mentor. You must actively seek out mentors on your own. Career advancement is slow and not always in your control. You could have a great year and get a 1 but be told that you haven't been in your current level long enough. So, go kick butt for another year and hope for Pomo next time. 2 years in your level is considered pretty good. Again, make sure you start as high as possible, it takes a while to climb that ladder!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clear concise message for the strategy of the company to rally the troops and engage the customer. Stop chasing rivals and understand the answer to this question: what is microsoft's core competency?

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    I just love working here

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    worked here for 8 years.. Every day was delightful. A company where people would love you and make you feel special if you are that good.

    Cons

    the review and ranking process could have been better.. But if you are good and better than others you are rewarded. They have opportunities that you can explore

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    the review and ranking process could have been bette

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