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Takes a while (1 yr) to understand what it takes to get things done at Microsoft

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Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Operations Manager in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

Pros

Flexible work/life balance - most people have kids, easy to come and go as you please. Compensation is good - benefits are competitive, though the new health plan is a pain, since it is no longer a PPO, but they still cover most everything.

Cons

Bad middle and upper managers, at least in operations. You question how they got where they did - they don't know what it takes to build an organization, culture, transparency, nor do they care. Its everyone for themselves - very little team mentality, support, sharing of information. Culture is bad. Little attention is spent on mapping out a master plan for an organization, so you end up doing a lot of work that doesn't appear meaningful and end up thinking that Microsoft makes money in spite of itself. Managers aren't rewarded for developing people underneath them - i.e. if people get promoted, that isn't rewarded. So, who will cares about your success? only you. No career advisor or someone who will be a champion for you. You have to sell yourself and figure it out on your own. Don't look to management to map out a plan for the organization, for where it is going, or how you fit into it.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You need more managers that know how to build an organization, build a team, and reward them for this. Right now, you have many middle and upper managers who are terrible organization leaders, people developers. And, there is no penalty for them to build those skills. Its very frustrating.

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    A good company to start a career.

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good company to start a career, many product teams that you can easily find one that fits your interests.

    Cons

    A huge company and decisions could be slow at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on competing with external competitors instead of having process that results in internal competition.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you're willing to keep an open mind

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, stable job. Certain teams have very interesting things going on. You meet people with different years of experience and there are some valuable things you can learn from them. Lots of benefits and good multiplier effect on pay with cash and stock bonuses.

    Cons

    Re-orgs destroy everything. Several teams are dead weight on the rest of the company, but ignored because the company is a profit machine. Far too many processes and practices about this company come from the 20th century, which really slow things down. Not relevant anymore, but the stack rank caused us to lose far too much talent for no good reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of large chunks of the middle management. Give more ownership to devs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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