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Could not be better when working with intelligent people.

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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 Management

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. ; )

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Has it's pros and cons

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    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 Management

    Get your act together!


  2. Helpful (1)

    Interesting technical challenges, potential political pitfalls

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


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