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Not same Microsoft I joined

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  • Senior Management
  • 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

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Disapproves of CEO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA
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    Cons

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    Great place to work but depending on which team you are in

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great benefits ..probably the best than any other company in the country.

    Cons

    The compensation is not up to par with the rest of the industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Obtain feedback from employees and act on it.

    Recommends
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