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Comfortable but boring

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern  in  Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

- Good pay/perks for the area, job stability.
- Not as many long nights as at a startup.
- Company has a lot of resources.

Cons

- Boring! Other companies in industry are doing much more interesting things.
- It's a huge company, don't expect to feel much camaraderie with coworkers or be kept informed of (the few) interesting things going on in the organization.
- Very top down (compared to startups and other companies in the software industry).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Innovate more.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Glacial pace. Expect to spend at least 2 years before you ship a product

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great Benefits package (health, health club, 401k match)
    Flexible work environment
    You get your own office that you dont have to share with any one else.
    Reasonable compensation if you are not aspiring to be a high flier.
    Great co-workers and peers.

    Cons

    Glacial speed of promotions after you reach the principal/director level.
    Stock doesn't move in the positive direction.
    Hard to have an impact. Too many stars have to align before anything gets done
    Very insular and inward looking culture.
    Hardworking technical employees aren't always recognized. The more politically astute/aware you are: the better off you are if you are looking to be promoted.
    The review process can be extremely demoralizing. Very good employees can get pulled down in the stack rank because their managers aren't strong or well established.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more innovation. Today any project that isn't seen to have the potential to be a $1Bn business (or part of one) will be cut. As a result, we rarely build anything new.
    Reward people who "get-it-done". Microsoft is full of people who write specs, pretty powerpoint decks, vision docs etc. Strong engineering talent is misused and misdirected into merely creating architectural sketches and vision documents when they would be much happier building cool products.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Microsoft. Great Pay. Excellent Benefits. Horrible Employer.

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    Former Employee - Brand Manager  in  Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Fargo, ND

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits with a relatively high degree of autonomy if you were responsible in accomplishing your long term objectives.

    Cons

    Excellent pay and benefits completely eclipsed by the Darwinian model of survival of the fittest practiced in ruthless fashion by the hyper ambitious Redmond crowd. If you were not willing to move to Redmond, your career was finished for all practical purposes. Redmond is populated by a special kind of corporate ladder climber who obsessively seeks a vice president position at the expense of fair play and teamwork. Selfish ambitious behavior is rewarded with promotions, pay and higher stock grants. People see this and perpetuate the cycle. As a result, the company is very dysfunctional on the personal level. This starts at the very top with Steve Ballmer, CEO. Until he is gone, and his behavior stops being the model, Microsoft will continue to crush individuals not willing to sell (actually give) their soul over to their blind ambition and the company's unrelenting pursuit of market dominance at any cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that smart people exist outside of corporate offices in Redmond. Acknowledge that you don't know everything. Listen to others. Really listen. Financial success is only one measure, or dimension of success, and one of the least important. It does not equal intelligence. Increase your EQ - emotional quotient. People's feelings actually matter more than crushing the competition and dominating markets. You can win business competition without having to extinguish the vanquished. Your competitor is not the enemy. They make you smarter and stronger. They are really an ally. Be more human, less technical.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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