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Treated Employees Well but Lots of Bureaucracy

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Great health package (including free gym membership). Total comp getting better. Most managers are good technically. Co-workers almost all friendly and mostly good technically. Big enough to find challenging work that is right for you. Management now insisting you maintain a good work life balance.

Cons

If you are a leaf node not clear that mangers more than two levels above you know what's going on. If you aren't diligent enough to insist on challenging roles you can get stuck in boring roles and spiral downward. Very process heavy. Many managers are religious about process. Size of the company and code base means many interactions making development slow. You will probably spend alot of time dealing with issues in code that isn't yours (could be pro or con depending on who you are).

Advice to Management

None needed. Biggest problem was trying to do everything versus decide what's important. Satya seems to have that under control.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Company is changing for the better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, learned a lot and enjoyed my time at Microsoft.

    Cons

    Upper management could listen more to there employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to new ideas from the little guys. Don't just dictate work.


  2. Helpful (5)

    Non-collaborative, back-stabbing, and every employee for themselves evironment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Game Designer IV in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Game Designer IV in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Great relocation packages. Nice amenities. Commons area is pretty spectacular. Stock grants. Free Xbone for Microsoft Game Studios employees. Free MS games.

    Cons

    Every employee is out for themselves, to the point there is no collaboration between divisions. Leadership teams have no clue what they want, but expect their subordinates to make them look good, despite offering little to no feedback or guidance. Leadership teams will blatantly lie to move their agenda ahead, with little to no regard for the people who report to them. Once hired, employees rarely get the job they were actually interviewed for.

    Advice to Management

    The only advice I can give to the management team I dealt with is to save the company and quit the industry. Saving that, take some management classes, learn to scope, schedule, provide actual guidance in accordance to what it is you are looking for, provide clear goals, work collaboratively with other groups, provide positive feedback in addition to constructive feedback, and don't treat your employees like they are expendable, meaningless resources.


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