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Great Company

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Current Employee - Solution Specialist  in  Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Solution Specialist in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Great people to work with

Cons

Quotas are out of line with reality and calibration is brutal and not fair at all.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get rid of stack ranking and firing the bottom 10% each year.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Good company but past its prime

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent corporate governance, decentralized decision making, cutting edge practices in many areas, good benefits. Worldwide brand name recognition. Still carries prestige value in most countries. In early years, till year 2002 or so, only hired the best and the brightest.

    Cons

    Too big now, slow growth, so getting too political with turf battles. Too many people with too many years of experience so top heavy, and that adds to political/ turf battles. Does not seem to reward innovative ideas that much. No good system in place for encouraging innovation. So people with good ideas and ambition either do not join now or leave quickly. Sometime around 2002, hiring standards were lowered, and in my opinion, that affected the culture and quality irreversibly. Working along side only the best was a big draw and inspiration for many of us up until then. Big lesson for every corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break up the company into 6-7 smaller companies and bring in start up culture. get rid of dead wood. fix HR and ratings which is killing team work. find out why silicon valley people do not want to join Microsoft, fix that on priority.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Great people in a highly political company

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Microsoft is a iconic name that still attracts young professionals.
    - Looks good on resume, other companies know if you can manage the work/life balance at this company then you are no slacker.
    - Pay is good for entry level but for industry hires look elsewhere
    - Smart people that are experts in what they do

    Cons

    I can write many things here:

    - Highly political company that rewards people that can play the game
      * Send bunch of email --> This shows you are working according to managers
      * Suck up to your manager --> This is how people are getting promoted
      * Do less of what is assigned to you and more of useless tools to have "impact" cross teams

    - Stack ranking system with forced curve
      * Even if you have a team full of rock star engineers 1 or 2 will be getting a rating of 4, 5.
      * This system forces competition among peers rather than collaboration
      * Even if you work very hard to improve the feature/quality you are not rewarded because it's "expected". While someone else can work 9-5 and do a silly script to automate stuff is valued

    - Far too many Program managers
      * These people don't contribute less than quarter of what engineers(SDE/SDET) do
      * Great talented people that are forced into this role to do data entry

    Overall: Microsoft looks very good from outside, however it's a contrast when you are inside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Convert PMs into Software Engineers
    - Remove Forced curve on performance review
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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