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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)

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 ManagementAdvice

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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    Current Employee - Principal Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Product Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    good pay
    good benefits
    with better top management the company could do so much better - it has lots of assets to leverage. Lots of potential.

    Cons

    limited lateral or upward opportunities in CA, much better if u work in Redmond
    in a deep deep hole in key areas like mobile
    fish tank mentality in Redmond - the culture is very insular

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get the right guy / gal for the next CEO :-)

    Recommends
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    Disapproves of CEO
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    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company with a lot of intelligent people. The company give its employees a lot of freedom and has a very comfortable culture. employees get to do some really interesting things and learn a lot. Even as an intern you are heard and everyone even the managers are approachable.

    Cons

    I was not affected but the stack ranking system is a thing everyone wants to get better. Even after working for one of the best technology companies in the world people tend to tell you Microsoft is not doing that great in a particular product and the product is not that great and hurts

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    No opinion of CEO
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