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Great company, if you have thick skin for politics

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Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Lots of smart people, different groups with different work environments, great benefits and offices. Good compensation in general.

Cons

Built around a declining business model, and it is noticeable. At some point you can't keep growing without getting bruised with politics. If you're not politically talented, at least will need to have high tolerance towards it and know to stay away from people's destructive path. Switching jobs internally is not simple, and upper management can easily block you using obscure rules.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make internal transfer easier. It's ridiculous that it's easier to go work for the competition than for another group.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great place to learn about all things software.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Access to hundreds of thousands of technical experts in every area of technology. If you have a passion for learning, this is the place to start your career.

    Cons

    Deep culture of arrogance stifles company wide innovation. Typical dysfunctional attitudes include: "We don't own that technology? It's evil." "I can build that better than that other team's implementation." "Look at me, I am here 23 hours a day! I'm so busy!... doing nothing useful."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to lower management: Require time be set aside on a weekly basis for creative innovation projects. Have a weekly meeting where your team demonstrates new ideas. Provide positive reinforcement for good ideas.

    Advice to upper management: Provide a performance budget to GMs. Allow GMs to make the math work for the review cycle.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Research Intern

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The research internship program is really well-organized. There're housing, car rental and relocation subsidies, as well as internship only events.

    Cons

    No option for a return offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider giving research interns options to work full-time after graduate.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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