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Good Place to start your career

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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 ManagementAdvice

- 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

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great potential to improve, greater likelihood to implode

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Lead
    Current Employee - Development Lead

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

    Pros

    Stable company, lots of smart people, decent rewards. I've had the opportunity to learn a lot here.

    Cons

    People are pitted against one another, the culture is toxic, some people are rewarded waaaaaay too much for being nothing more than political douchebags. Saying we should "work together" is really just lip service. No one takes responsibility and holds themselves accountable, from the top down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. They don't want advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    OK SDE internship at Microsoft

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation; ease of movement among teams in the company; management is fairly transparent with regards to feedback; if you seek a structured environment, this is probably a very good place for you

    Cons

    Full-time employees seem obsessed with performance reviews; as an intern, I found myself explaining the basics of my project to full-time employees far more than I really should have, perhaps indicating a lack of knowledge and focus on my team; being a Microsoft employee is all about "drinking the kool-aid", that is, seeming dissatisfied with the way a team is operating is almost always met with negativity rather than constructive responses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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