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Endless 'Re-Orgs' and working for the Borg

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Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Some of the UX experts with whom I had the pleasure of working were the most brilliant people/artists I have ever met. Many of the engineers met this criteria as well

Cons

The company overall has become quite lost and needs to re-define its identity. There were 5 different re-orgs when I was there which negatively effected morale in a big way. Research and white papers are presented in cute meetings but don't actually lead to any apps or new systems/process.The current review process is the most ridiculous system I've ever experienced and leads to many people leaving. Everyone is graded on a 'curve' and someone on the team has to get the lowest score (a 5). It's completely retarded, as I never met a single developer/artist who wasn't brilliant and didn't deserve a 1/2 but that's not how it works!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You have proven to me that you will likely not read this and even if you do, nothing will actually change.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Endemic Problems at Bing

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Working on software used by millions
    - High level of respect for established success
    - Company provided transportation is useful
    - Extremely large if you want to move around later in your career

    Cons

    - Bing has Endemic issues with a toxic work environment and broken processes
    - Conflict is seen as a desirable way to settle all debate
    - At least at Bing, morale is seen as unimportant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Paying attention to morale and process issues could fix a large number of problems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    lumbering, 90% politics, little innovation, poor review process

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked there 4 years, and not once did the paycheck bounce or come late. Also, if you want the chance to write code that will be used by millions of people, this is one place you can do it. There are others though.

    Cons

    I found it impossible to have much on an impact on anything as IC at MS. Also if you have unique skills that not every programmer has, like I do (PhD in theoretical physics) such skills are wasted at a place like MS. If you want to have an impact on things, I found much more success at a small company. It's the whole big fish/small pond thing I suppose.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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