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Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA

I worked at Microsoft

Recommends
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Lots of very smart people to learn from. Vast amount of resources if you are on an approved project. Benefits are outstanding.

Cons

Too political. Not much career opportunity in satellite offices. You are career dead if you work for a team remotely.

Advice to Management

Clean out the management pool.

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    Write code in a silo

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

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

    Pros

    Decent starting pay Work for a big name Great Benefits Seattle is an awesome city Lots of variety between technologies amongst the company

    Cons

    Terrible upper management Abysmal stock movement Small raises / bonuses / stock A lot of politics. A whole lot of politics. Products get canned left and right depending on which VP has won favor that month.

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the org tree. Managers should have many reports, not 1 or 2. There shouldn't be six layers to the VP. Be more transparent about reviews and performance in a team. Stop being so stingy with merit increases. Pay your talent better - because it is all leaving for Facebook, Google, and area start ups where there is at least some chance of making it big. Remember, 1 great coder is worth 100 mediocre ones. Pay them as such.


  2. Great place to learn the fundamentals of software engineering

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1) excellent benefits package 2) you're not supporting a business, you are the business 3) lots of smart people to work with and learn from.

    Cons

    1) slow moving 2) too much middle management

    Advice to Management

    1) provide vision and get out of the way of execution 2) dont be afraid to take risks and fail fast


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