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Stay away from the Microserf Brainfarm

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Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

- Free drinks
- Reasonably good benefits (Although these are being eroded now)
- Can attend training courses (If you ever find available time to do it)

Cons

- This is a burn and churn environment. The culture is one in which they want to work you 24x7 schedule and criticize or reprimand many on the most tiniest things. The repressive culture will erase any professional confidence you have over time.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Managers here are out for themselves and not their employees so I have no advice.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Excellent to Worse

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    First 10 years were productive and collaborative.

    Cons

    Last 10 years added so many layers of management everything fell apart. no one knew what anyone else did. Lost in a sea of confusion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump the Review system
    Stop off-shoring jobs. Customer around the world are leaving because of this.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incredible work experience but by & large if you didn't grow up managing-up in a political company its a struggle

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    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Even modified benefits are excellent. People are very smart and the experience is priceless. If you learn to do what makes your leadership hierarchy happy, not make waves and tell the story as they want to hear it, you can flourish and grow. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but you need to personality accept and work in this environment and accept good results as oppose to better or best.

    In Redmond and most of the world, the working environment (physical) is really nice and rewarding.

    Cons

    In Sales: Many of the smart people have learned how to thrive in a world of managing up. As they pair down senior roles (65+) and males over 40, if you are not savvy you will not make it to next week's episode of Survivor Microsoft. People you thought were on your side were only a temporary allegiance for last week's episode.

    Don't be convinced coming in at a lower level is good for you in performance ratings, drive for the highest level you can get to start. Put a smile on and deliver lots of sugar with any medicine and consider baby steps for change and ensure the story aligns to the Exec's vision. Work smarter, not harder meaning be clever with visibility and communication. You can work less and actually grow with that strategy. Get on visible projects and take as much credit as reasonable to be noticed. You need to worry about you.

    Expect passive aggressive responses. If you deliver the "What" (results) you will be called out for the "how" you did it. You are always better off prioritizing the "how" over the "what". HR is the best in the world. They will protect the company, so work accordingly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on the culture. It is going to take 5 years to make a dent, but you will get there. Long time employees are skilled at telling whatever version of the story you want. Consider giving +1 consideration to senior people who have been with the company less than 5 years. Finally, diversity in thought should be embraced, regardless of race, gender or age. The place is protecting its own too much to drive the change you desire.

    Finally, try to accelerate attrition of the senior team dealing with god complex.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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