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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

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

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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    Many years of wonderful and terrible

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    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    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.

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    Interesting technical challenges, potential political pitfalls

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Really enjoyed the ability to grow into roles and responsibilities with a global scale.

    Cons

    Rapid management personnel churn, re-org churn, direction churn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the tail-chasing and trust your people to make sound decisions.

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