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Could not be better when working with intelligent people.

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test  in  Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA

Pros

The pros are a great diverse environment for exposure to different cultures, fast moving projects and focused individuals.

Cons

The cons are incompetent managers who are ruled by greed and fear.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Microsoft used to make the best OS and was fun, exhausting, and brilliant environment. With the 400 levels of management introduced, everything grinds to and incompetent halt. Test your new hire managers. Some of them are "nice" but dumb as a stick. And try to not sell your soul just for a terrible product. ; )

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  1.  

    Has it's pros and cons

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    + Diverse range of products, technologies and skills. Very good place to have a broad range of skills.
    + Reasonable work/life balance. Though, it might vary team to team.
    + You will get to work with very smart people.
    + Good benefits - Pay; Paternity/Maternity leaves; 401k match; ESPP; Stock; good # of days of vacation; dental benefits are reasonable; health benefits are ok I guess, but the way they are rolling out the changes is horrible.
    + Good social and environmental consciousness.

    Cons

    1. HR policies always seem to favor managers over employees. See details below.
    2. Mobility is limited as managers have to be notified before interviewing with other teams.
    3. Even after the latest round of review changes, employees don't get transparent information about their performance and promotions. Managers get to distribute bonuses, and increases based on unknown processes. Promotions were always a mystery.
    4. Managers have a tight grip over projects/assignments an employee gets. Employees don't have much freedom to openly work on projects that they like.
    5. No team spirit or culture. I have seen ideas get stolen/copied and the originators never credited multiple times.
    6. New health benefits changes are a disaster. Not only are we out 1000s of dollars every year, the paper work takes up few hours every month.
    7. Senior management has no clue what they are up to. Ballmer was joke when it came to decision making / strategy. Yes. We have a new CEO. Let's see how he shakes things up.
    8. Crony culture in senior management is painfully obvious. See what happened to Sinofsky and his lieutenants.
    10. Career progress depends how well you are liked by your manager and skip level manager.
    11. Very weak product management culture. Unused/incomplete features, multiple UIs, hard to use features, ....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Many years of wonderful and terrible

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Director  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Microsoft is a large and diverse company on the bleeding age of technology. Opportunities for learning, advancing in role, working in different types of business groups, and changing careers are abundant. Resources can be generous enough to support implementation of your big idea. A certain amount of risk-taking is encouraged. Salary and benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    Business groups are distinct subcultures, and not every subculture is right for everyone. Some groups thrive on teamwork; others a reward the most assertive individuals. You may find yourself in a role and organization that is a perfect fit one day, and then a management change or reorg can change everything overnight. Moving around the company you may find jobs you love and others you hate. Some managers will help you grow and support you in achieving your goals. Others will range from neutral to subversive. Choosing your manager well and knowing when to move on are critical skills for success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manager training needs to be a greater focus, particularly in the soft skills (such as coaching). Poor management skills drives morale slumps. Managers should be trained and assessed prior to their first management position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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