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The company is doing fine, really.

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

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Opportunity to develop software where I can't elsewhere, for example, building compilers.

Cons

The company is losing edge on technologies

Advice to Management

Leverage employee expertise and lead the technology trends, don't follow. Build Python, not Python.NET after it...

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  1. Microsoft truly is an incredible place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Global Sales Readiness Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Global Sales Readiness Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft offers incredible benefits, unlimited upward mobility and diversity in skill development, and a no limits to achievement in role. There is literally no limit to what you can achieve, if you are motivated.

    Cons

    There are a few who are resistant to the One Microsoft and culture shift that began years ago. But there are so many talented, intelligent, incredible people that model success that taking the high road is relatively effortless.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire for the future and don't look back. The ceiling can't hold us!


  2. Great place to build your resume, but after a few years you're best to move on.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to gain a ton of experience in any given technology, especially forward thinking tech. Opportunities to go outside of your job duties to gain more knowledge & experience. Great technology proving ground - both for new software and new hardware. Always encouraging you to improve and increase your scope of influence within the company and outside in the industry.

    Cons

    Very very political - more efforts spent in gaining "visibility" and positioning yourself to do well in the annual review's stack rank than in simply trying to make the best most useful product that would best serve the customers (and as a result best serve Microsoft's industry position and fiscal bottom line). Garden wall mentality with respect to the customer - "they don't know that they want this, but once they see it and use it they will realize we knew exactly what was best for them..." - there doesn't seem to be any real investigation of people's usage patterns or uses of the devices / specific applications that would lead to true adoption by the customer and reestablish their market position and target of "satisfying the customer". Historical perpetuation of the "empire building" model of self-promotion within the ranks of the company. This takes advantage of the mentality of those who hitch their career wagons to the managers who experience success either through competence or simply through politics. The former is the proper way to build a company as smart people attract and retain smart people. The problem is 75% of the time it's the latter and you simply have sycophants / yes people who tag along like lampreys as the incompetent manager builds his empire and moves up through manipulating his connections. In my humble opinion - this is one of the primary issues with Microsoft that will cause the company to implode like a dying red dwarf star as the management density (and I truly mean dense in the intellectual sense) causes the remaining mass to suck in on itself and form a black hole that in turn sucks the life out of the entire ecosystem that is orbiting and dependent on the star for its' own life. The decisions that have been made in the last 5-7 years has been pointing in this direction and I don't know if it's not so far along right now that the momentum can't be changed to improve the situation in the future. Likely only a divestiture of some of the business units into independent companies of their own would help save the best parts of this company from what appears to be a very dismal fate.

    Advice to Management

    Pull your heads' out of that dank dark and furry moist hole, survey the reality of the business environment, and make real decisions for the sake of the company putting your own individual best interests in the background for a change. Your careers will benefit hugely by it, as will the security and pockets of the employees and stock holders.


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