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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

Worked on high level marketing projects at Xbox

Cons

Almost too much consensus is needed to make any decision. The company is very “middle heavy.”

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Allow managers more decision making power

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Reasonable Salary
    Good Health Benefits
    Smart Mentors Available
    Good place to horn Corporate Politics Skills
    Excellent negative case study of how not to run a successful tech company

    Cons

    Stack Ranking - or how we tries to copy Jack Welch Method but didn't quite understand it.
    Poltiical support required at all levels - promotions, cross team collaborations, product improvements, internal job transfers.
    Corporate Cluelessness - Use Revenue per Employee to measure Research and Development Staff to justify laying off ICs (hint Revenue per Employee only applies to Sales and Marketing Staff under US GAAP)
    Arrogance - Assume ICs have no knowledge of finance and business so Management can do whatever they want and say whatever they want, and even lie to subordinates by claiming to wear the Management Hat.
    Backstabbing Teamwork - or how I won a promotion from my peers by withholding information so they get screwed in Stack Ranking which is applied at the individual team level (hint there's no I in team).
    Management BS - throwing people in "jails", bully subordinates into submission with HR support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some true leadership, please. Microsoft isn't in the doghouse because of your engineer ICs. Why is it every important decision has to have political backing?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Microsoft is a horrible place to work

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great health benefit. 401K, stock award, employee stock purchase plan, generous sick leave, seattle is a beautiful city to live.

    Cons

    you probably hear that Microsoft is full of smart people. That is probably the case 10 years ago or if you are in the right group. I personally work with some of the worse testers / developers. They are just plain stupid. They do not know how to design stuff. They make the wrong decision all the time. System become super complicated. I am very dissatisfied with my work and the people that I work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to get your act together. With stock price that can only go down, it would be hard to attract top talent.

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    Disapproves of CEO
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