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Great benefits and people if you can find them

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Current Intern - User Experience Design Intern in Redmond, WA
Current Intern - User Experience Design Intern in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Pay, stability, work/life balance (big corp, not held too accountable for much), Seattle-based, working with some tech legends

Cons

Lack of culture, feels stale, they're changing things up but there's only a few groups that have a great culture and you have to know what you want beforehand to get yourself there. Little impact, waterfall methods. Median age 40+

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  1. Relaxed environment

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) II 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

    You get to work on good algorithms and loads of perks.

    Cons

    Annual review process is not good and it bitters your relationship with your peers

    Advice to Management

    Change the annual review process and just see how one performed rather than doing the stack ranking.


  2. Great Infrastructure and People

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test Lead
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test Lead

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft has unbelievable infrastructure and support to help you get your job done. The people who work here are very smart and passionate. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Upper management is generally promoted from within and does not keep up on industry standards. Culture of doing things the "old way" and reinventing the wheel over and over stifles creativity and agility.

    Advice to Management

    Need to take more risks or experiment in order to stay relevant. Can't be afraid to bring in industry veterans to manage teams or as high level I/Cs. Management needs to listen to the I/Cs who have very good ideas about the future but get burned out working with old processes.


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