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Great Place to work

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

- There are lots of smart people to work with.
- The separate roles of PM, DEV, and TEST are cool.
- The technology is very cool.

Cons

Sometimes things move a bit slow since it is a large company. Not all of the management is great at giving feedback.

Advice to Management

It would be nice to get a little more structured feedback from managers. Sometimes feedback can be vague, so maybe more training for managers on how to give constructive feedback would be nice.

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    Not same Microsoft I joined

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, benefits, benefits... Enough said. Also, if you are smart, you can stretch what you work on for weeks and nobody will notice (that's also a con, as you will eventually become lazy)

    Cons

    Process is at times unbearable. Advancement in career is largely dependent on 'who-you-know' game, and if you came in lower level it is very hard to advance.

    Changing job inside company is very hard -- you have to go through interview loop as any other external candidate, but you also have to tell your current manager about it _before_ your interview is even scheduled. Technically, manager cannot prevent you from interviewing after 18 months in position, but it really brings you to uncomfortable position -- with scarcity of internal positions nowdays, there will be tens of people interviewing for one position, so there is good chance that you are not going to get it. While managers pay lip-sync to the line that they are there to support your career, you frequently become pariah in your group after you tried once to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Allow easy internal transfer, without notifications to current management -- that will help break fiefdoms throughout the company.
    Get rid of stupid 10% review category -- either fire me or do not brand me as failure.

  2. Work @ Microsoft

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing happens here!
    True to every aspect of it. Great place, great environment and yes great people.

    Cons

    A large company, hence direction gets a little clouded, just as any large company.

    Advice to Management

    Better Direction and better yet - Improve Communications

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