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Good environment but politics ruining honest rewards and promotion

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Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer Lead in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer Lead in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

Results-oriented culture, plenty of resources to get things done, people are helpful. Reasonable focus on learning and employee development. Generally get the right computer equipment to be productive.

Cons

Keep making the same stupid mistakes as a company, and those who make the mistakes keep getting rewarded and promoted until they really mess things up big. Then they are dismissed only to start the whole cycle over again. This feels like insanity!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focus on customer satisfaction (quality, key needs met, compelling product updates regularly) and they will happily buy your products. Keep employees happy (work-life balance respected, end death marches, give them honest career feedback and advancement opportunities, reward the people who do good work not the people who create their own crisis then solve it) and they will continue to work hard for you.

Disapproves of CEO

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    Long hours, interesting work, desolate work environment

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Very interesting work and bright people! Excellent benefits and flexibility in work schedule. Opportunity to move to different areas within the legal department. High level legal issues involved.

    Cons

    Below market salary. Communication between people on the team is terrible and even though they know it, there is nothing they will do about it. The offices are dark and dreary. You are pretty much dropped at a desk and it's your responsibility to figure everything out on your own or ask people, eventhough no one really seems like they have the time or interest in answering your questions.

    Expect to spend 2 years before you feel a little bit comfortable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more customer focused!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Awesome workplace, but a large company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Group Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Group Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    You really can't ask for more, in some sense. If you're a strong engineer with decent soft skills, you'll quickly rise to the right level in the company. Many people don't make it past a certain level because they undervalue (or refuse to value) soft skills -- "if I'm hardcore enough of an engineer, I should be a VP." But if you have solid technical chops and also can work well with others, you'll do well.

    The benefits and pay really can't be beat, at least for people with a strong growth potential. However, the pay is predictable and less lottery-like; you should join a startup if you're hoping to make millions regardless of your skill level. At Microsoft, it's way too late to "make millions," but a solid engineer should expect to make very good money.

    Cons

    It's a big company. One of the largest in software. So it has some traditional big-company drawbacks. Like slow decision-making. Like re-orgs. Like a mixed bag of people in some organizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a big, big risk. Microsoft is at a "good to great" inflection point. It needs to take on something massively risky. Like what was done with Xbox, which bled money for years but is now a great platform.

    Recommends
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