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

I worked at Microsoft

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 ManagementAdvice

Clean out the management pool.

Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

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    You work here for intellectual rewards more than anything else

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits and perks (gym pass, the Connector bus, Prime card, etc. etc)
    Excellent process that encourages intra-company moves
    Can work on world-changing software. Or not. Your choice, really.
    Can rotate and try multiple roles within reason.
    Excellent internal training programs
    Coworkers

    Cons

    Upward mobility is very slow unless one is in the 95th %ile of peer group
    Grading/review curve is the bane of employee morale more often than not
    Mistakes (wrong group, wrong project, wrong manager) take a long time to erase from your internal career 'memory'
    Test/dev/PM silos end up costing agility and create turf
    Innovation, while it exists in bundles, is somewhat haphazard and it feels like the company is constantly chasing taillights in many areas.
    Need a new/hardcore visionary to drive our consumer software/services vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave :-P

    No seriously... We need to drop our 900-lb gorilla dynamic and divvy up into pockets of lean, mean, innovation machines if we can hope to maintain our leadership.

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    No opinion of CEO
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    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    The promotion is relatively faster (probably because there are more levels).
    Lots of senior engineers you can learn from.
    Single office policy.
    Great benefit.

    Cons

    For entry level positions, compensation is low comparing to Google and other companies.
    Relatively slow to adjust to industrial trend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give new grad more money in order to get the most telented engineer.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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