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MS LATAM

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than a year)

Pros

This applies to the LATAM office only (Fort Lauderdale): flexible working schedule and location. Great opportunity to learn new technologies and meet lots of professionals in different areas.

Cons

This applies to the LATAM office only (Fort Lauderdale). Very poor on-boarding process that makes employees feel unwelcomed or undervalued.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep an eye on groups that change or replace contract employees (v-dash) too often. There are low-level managers with a very, very poor attitude towards team members.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
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  1. Great pay/benefits & opportunities... but you'll work hard for it, and culture can be brutal.

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay & benefits. Good career opportunities and training programs, particularly for straight-out-of-college - career development is well-structured and easy to understand, and plenty of access to mentors. Overall, an excellent place for the early phase of your career (build savings early, and grow quickly as a professional).

    Cons

    You'll work hard for that good pay (and with the modern services direction, you'll be expected to commit availability beyond 8 hours a day - product engineer on-call duty, weekend deployment, etc.). Also, the company's very cultural DNA (from foundation) is hyper-competitive and focused on survival-of-the-fittest no matter the cost - be prepared to make peace with the fact that your peers are not 'workmates' but rather 'competitors' and 'threats' - there's a reason MS is renowned for breeding and/or attracting brutally-competitive personalities who fight civil wars while the empire crumbles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must get rid of the forced curve performance system. MS will never become "One Microsoft" when it manages people using a system that rewards individual heroics rather than communal success and actively punishes collaboration & help within title bands. Why should someone help their peers succeed when doing so only hurts their own rank position? How can the company ever hope to succeed in a v1 space when no high-performer would ever in their right mind join a team of all-stars (because they'd be killed in the curve)?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral 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
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