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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

Disapproves of CEO
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

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.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    No longer a good company to work for after Bill Gates left

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) I in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) I in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - mature development and test environment. Follow standard software dev process (e.g. agile)
    - good work environment.
    - stay with cutting edge technologies daily
    - Good medicare benefits.

    Cons

    - Too many akward mid-level management. They are not productive and simply show up on all kinds of meetings daily.
    - Performance review system is broken. Those hard worker didn't get rewarded and got piss off on their communication skills. It results in many employees leaving the company in the recent years.
    - Overhire in the past 10 years. It started to lay-off in year 2009 and expects to have more manage out in the coming future.

    Advice to Management

    It is true that MS has too many redudant staffs which make the company inefficient. MS should get rid of 1/2 of the mid-level management and value the individual contributors who are doing the actual work.

  2. 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Become more customer focused!

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