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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)

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

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. ; )

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  1. Exciting, challenging, but not a great place to build a career

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting projects; cutting-edge technologies; smart people; lots of opportunities to learn something new; lots of opportunities to impact millions of customers

    Cons

    Unhealthy culture; internal competitiveness is killing innovation and driving away great people; lots of incapable, hard-to-work-with people in high places; Too much red tape especially when it comes to re-staffing appropriately after the team assignment changes drastically.

    Advice to Management

    First and second-level managers make 90% of the project decisions, yet the first level managers are being pushed to become more of Individual Contributors (ICs) with barely any management skills and no time or training to develop vision or research competing technologies or even understand the customers or market. And the second level managers are too far removed from the technology that most of their decisions end up coming across as distractions and bad decisions to the teams they lead. Microsoft needs to invest in making its Leads (M1s) and Managers (M2s) into real managers and leaders not figure heads proving their leadership by competing with the ICs instead of enabling them to become the best subject-matter-experts in the field.

  2. Well it's reorg time again

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    Current Employee - Creative LEad in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Creative LEad in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, smart people, great benefits. There's is plenty of opportunities for career growth or career shifts within the organization

    Cons

    With the constant reshuffling of the company, how do they expect to get actual work done here? I think the sheer size of Microsoft and the amount of people a product has to go through to ship ends up watering it down.

    Advice to Management

    There are so many talented people in the company. Let them create.

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