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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

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

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.

Advice to Management

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

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  1. 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)

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

    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 Management

    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?

  2. Vendor analyst in security

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    Current Contractor - Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Analyst in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Redmond campus is a great environment to work in. Microsoft provides many amenities that go far toward making the work place both comfortable and productive.

    Cons

    Work experience varies greatly across workgroups, and can be miserable if you land in one of several overworked groups. Treatment of vendors varies greatly as well. If at all possible, find people working within the group you are interested in to talk to about their experience.

    Advice to Management

    Bridge gaps between existing systems, projects, and data, with unidentified internal customers. Better documentation and communication could improve lateral leverage of many existing assets.

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