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Helpful (5)

Not the place for good software engineers

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
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)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

Consider promoting the talented software engineers rather than harassing them.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Too much politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    MS has money, talent, patents, and all the assets to be successful.

    Cons

    too much politics- all about managing up.

    Advice to Management

    push managers to manage. raise accountability and do not reward politics


  2. Helpful (1)

    Microsoft has all the potential to come back, but needs to get figure out what they are

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to get a breath of experiences.

    Cons

    The company is having an identity crisis now. I know they want to change, but there are so many people in current management levels who are not willing to change

    Advice to Management

    I started there 14 years ago and it was great because you could make a difference and people listened to you. Now people at Director and GM levels ego's are so big that they think they know if all and will NOT listen to people below them


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