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No team work

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

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

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Good salary, good benefits. Private office for each person.

Cons

Depends on the team you land in, you may have difference experiences, but based on the review system, people negatively compete and it may get political and instead of trying to change the world, you end up being a politician, and forget the teamwork. They are many failure teams but because of other good teams, company still stands. So it is very crucial to know the team your joining before you accept the offer. And also make sure you ask for the review system because it will surprises you if you are a team player kind of person who sacrifices whereas the review system which is based on your individual shining and visibility. If you get to one of those teams, you end up more that 50% of your time on review system which takes your productivity and meaning the entire team down because it is the same story for all. There is a rumor they will change this broken review system in the following years, but no proof of that yet.

Advice to Management

A good manager should take of all these instead of putting it to everybody's shoulder. Anything that brings moral and productivity down and kills motivation and innovation should be avoided. This review system is against all the goodies of team work and a good manager should filter the team not infected with this.

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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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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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)?


  2. MS LATAM

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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