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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)

    Awesome workplace, but a large company

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    Current Employee - Principal Group Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Group Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great benefits, too much politics

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, good work life balance, interesting projects, very good mobility within company, good growth opportunities, competent people in general.

    Cons

    Salary and bonus a little below average, too much politics involved in annual performance review and hard to collaborate and work across teams.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the Windows Phone strategy, stick to the plan Bing, keep improving the cash cows, and come up with a fair review system that fosters collaboration, not internal competition.


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