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A good place to be, but could be better.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bellevue, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Great benefits, work/life balance, opportunities for advancement, passionate people

Cons

Lots of reorgs, process heavy

Advice to Management

Less reorgs, please. Every time we change management it seems they want to reorganize which causes a lot of productivity loss and disruption.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. SDE at Microsoft

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its a good company to improve your engineering skills. You would be surrounded by very smart people and that only adds to your learning experience.

    Cons

    The review process is not fair to everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Would love to see a change in the review process.


  2. Get it together Microsoft

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Variety of opportunities. Great talent work there in IC capacity, but those that are courageous tend to leave the company.

    Cons

    Top heavy with ineffective management.

    Advice to Management

    Manage! Yes...rise to your profession! They have just eliminated the calibration ranking system that forced the elimination of highly qualified, highly productive individual contributors from the company who dared to be innovative and forward thinking. The workforce is successfully homogenized, which is where management wants them. It's the only way to mask their inability to manage effectively.Most people see the elimination of ranking as solving the problem. I don't. By shifting performance to concepts like "teamwork" and "collaboration, all that's happened here is that Microsoft has institutionalized mediocrity, ensuring that the only decisions that get made have to meet a consensus bar appealing to everyone in the homogenized culture. That's the kiss of death for the company. But not surprisingly, it's the holy grail for ineffective management. They still have a blank check to get rid of anyone who demonstrates creativity and courage on their teams, because others less gifted simply have to accuse them of not being a team player for them to be gone. Until management starts to demonstrate leadership...to have the courage themselves to understand what they are managing enough to recognize who is providing value to the company and whose ideas deserve promotion, Microsoft is doomed.


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