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A lot of potential if you can attract the right people

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)  in  Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

Pros

There is almost limitless opportunity to learn technology and advance with some of the brightest people in the technology industry today.

Cons

Depending on the division you're in, you could be stuck with middle management that unfortunately has been around too long and no longer have a passion to see their team excel and therefore you live under that shadow.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get rid of middle management that have been around too long. Seek fresh leadership that cultivates morale and ups the motivation of each team.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    Pros

    Overall great company to work for.

    Cons

    There are a lot of layers which is par for the course in working for a large company.

    Recommends
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    Very nice comp plans - enough to keep you hooked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director - Product Management  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Director - Product Management in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Incredible resources available to employees, from hardware to software to training. Also, having the Microsoft business card just gives you instantaneous access to key people, whether it is customers, analysts, press, partners, etc. The comp plan at Microsoft tends to be on the higher side - where employees make a lot and have a decent amount of upside with stock options (but unless you are a "Partner" level, don't expect to ever make enough to retire).

    Cons

    Microsoft is a cutthroat organization, where employees are pitted against each other due to the forced "normal curve" whereby managers are forced to grade employees on a graded list, with the bottom 10% judged to be "C" players that need to be weeded out. HR still forces you to grade on this curve, regardless of how small or large your team is, and how well the team has performed. It creates a very bad environment where people often don't want to help each other out on projects.

    Also, another downside is that because MSFT is so huge, they tend to be very internally focused and don't spend enough time looking at interesting things happening in the industry outside of Redmond. This creates a bit of a bubble on campus and I think part of the reason why the stock has stagnated over the past 13+ years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the program and abandon (REALLY abandon) the dreaded curve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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