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Current Employee - Systems Engineer
Current Employee - Systems Engineer

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

Pros

projects are great. lots of diverse projects to pick from.

Cons

too many managers. healthplan was great until it was changed.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get rid of the layers of management

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    Fast paced, long hours, high intensity environment

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is a great place to work if you want a fast paced environment, with long hours, and high intensity. It is a great place to get experience, but difficult for System Engineers, as there are not a lot of opportunities across the greater organization.

    Cons

    The review process is brutal. And unless you get a quality manager with a high level of integrity and honesty, you can end up at the bottom of the barrel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many of the managers have never been trained to be managers. They end up as leads and managers as a result of the promotion process. Better training would improve their management capabilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Learn a lot - but painful

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    Former Employee - Staffing Associate in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Staffing Associate in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Medical/Dental/Vision Benefits; well-resourced organization; great experience to have on your resume.

    Cons

    Highly political colleagues; incompetence is sometimes rewarded by lateral shifts and people moves; too much email; working all hours of the day and night; entitled colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recent reports about culture shifts and changes to Microsoft's culture is promising. Recognizing influential employees is important. It's also important to recognize influencers that produce positive results in a way that is inclusive and collaborative and not just the loudest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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