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Big company = great opportunity to waste great possibilities

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Lots of smart and nice people. Lots of new stuff to learn. Opportunity to have a big impact. Good salaries.

Cons

Fish starts to rot from its head. There are good teams - but most are in a dismal state, due to management (3 levels of hierarchy away from you) not having a clue about what's going on - or not even caring about it due to some twisted short-sighted incentive they have.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    There is life beyond politics

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities to explore within the same company; each group works like a separate company, which is good if you want to experiment with different technologies.

    Cons

    There are lots of politics. You will need to learn to navigate through it, or to find a way to avoid it altogether. People that get review are not only the brightest, but also the ones that can best communicate their talent/success.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Manager Owns Your Career

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Microsoft has Great Pay and Health Benefits. You get to work with technical smart people and get to work with the latest Microsoft software and technologies.

    Cons

    Horrible review system. Demoralizing to the workforce. Compete and backstab your own coworkers. Everything is great until you get a manager who you are not buddies with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of stack ranking and meeting the curve. Stop cutting great benefits and getting rid of older employees with years of experience.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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