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Not the place for good software engineers

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Cambridge, MA

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

Pros

Microsoft has lots of money and decent benefits. Some of the middle management is OK.

Cons

If you are coming from a top engineering school, and really know software, this is not the place for you. I felt like after I graduated from MIT that I went back to elementary school when I started working at Microsoft. Most of the software engineers here have no clue and the office politics are out of control, so you spend more time defending turf than coding.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Consider promoting the talented software engineers rather than harassing them.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
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  1. Great work flexibility, exciting changes afoot

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    A huge company that impacts the lives of millions. Very few companies offer that type of scale. Great opportunities for flexible scheduling and remote work. Real commitment to help employees advance and finally a move away from the long-despised review system.

    Cons

    Because the company IS so large, it can be difficult to navigate. Lots of competing priorities can make it challenging to push good ideas through. Recent reorgs are also distracting to the day-to-day work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quickly move through the reorgs, and align everyone's priorities so that employees can get back to moving this company forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Group Manager

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    Former Employee - Group Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Smart people, challenging work. Benefits quite attractive.

    Cons

    Can be hard to find a top quality manager to work for in some teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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