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Good Place to start your career

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

- You have great coworkers to learn from - Good 401K and health benefits

Cons

- Company is cooling down technologically - Company is loosing significant amount of talent in mid level and senior bands, while is attracting mostly junior people - Being a very mature company, promotions are seldom - Work-life balance has vanished as the company is focused on Services - Salaries are not adequately indexed with inflation : after 6 years with Microsoft and 3 level up I received a less valuable compensation than a fresh employee out of school with less responsibilities and experience

Advice to Management

- Build an internal culture, the 6 Microsoft core values are all, but forgot - Improve leadership in the company, having a direct solid communication with the regular employ, thus inspire employees - Do step-up compensation to be competitive with Amazon, Facebook, Google, and go beyond, thus compensating for decelating overall company speed and grouth - Do not treat longer time employee as a given - Attract & retain talent

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Smart & talented people making a difference

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is one of the few corporations where contributing to the world it exists in through community outreach and volunteerism is a way of life. The people at this company care for more than just their paychecks. It's a company of generous people who care about making a difference.

    Cons

    One of the worst review systems ever implemented at Microsoft is responsible for the wide spread lack of creativity, innovation, courage & conviction which has overtaken the company I the past 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you find a CEO who has courage & conviction and who realizes that the greatest asset this company has is found in its people. Steve Ballmer's resignation is good for the company.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Microsoft pays well to overcome its toxic culture and work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance (nearly everyone is out of the office by 5), Microsoft pays its workers extremely well to make up for its work environment, easy work, lots of benefits, free soft drinks, family friendly tech company

    Cons

    Very hard to change teams, excessive internal politics, managers intentionally assign you less challenging work to allow their favorites excel at your expense, anti-intellectual "brogramming" culture, extreme hostility to open source, weird looks for not owning a Windows phone, culture of groupthink where you can't challenge decisions made in meetings, sink-or-swim review system pits you against your immediate coworkers and encourages cut-throat competitive behavior, senior developers use code reviews to gang up on and haze newbies with "moving target" coding style comments, dying company that serially releases market failures, PPO healthcare was cut by Ballmer/Brummel, food is not free and cafeterias do not accept credit cards, coworkers are incompetent developers with big mouths who are good at playing politics

    Advice to Management

    Carry out a much-needed cultural cleansing by eliminating all of the dead weight in the company, avoid blaming and firing the wrong execs, followed by promoting the people that should have gotten fired instead to the executive level, extend the reach of the review system such that employees are ranked company-wide rather than only against their immediate "team"-mates


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