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Still Great to Work at

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Microsoft still has one of the best benefits package out there. There are still a ton of really smart and passionate people here.

Cons

The company has been stagnant for more than a decade now. The culture, environment, and pay are all starting to lag behind the top companies in the tech industry.

Advice to Management

Start reforming the culture by redoing the entire review experience. Start paying people top wages. Forget the 80 percentile because Microsoft is no longer the software company to work for so people are evaluating their benefits package a lot more closely. If anything, MS needs to pay more than companies like GOOG/FB to get the best people.

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  1. Great place to work just needs some modifications

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a very inclusive and rewarding place to work. Great benefits and positive direction of the company.

    Cons

    Employee calibration model creates negative behavior and squashes creativity/innovation. Often feel like you are pitted against your peers to rank a good performance review since you are calibrated against peers.

    Advice to Management

    Change the current calibration model to cultivate creativity and innovation.


  2. Fair

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    + Work life balance
    + Owns entire technology stack

    Cons

    - Promotion depends on political climate of your team/org
    - Teams fight turf war to keep their political capital (visibility of features, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Thin out the bureaucracy. Have less meaningless meanings. Be more data driven, not political driven.


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