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Great people, extremely competetive

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  • Senior Management
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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

Lots of brilliant people around
Lots of problems to work on
Wide array of technogies
The management is generally good and fair in assessing people in performance reviews. I like the review and evalutation system at the company and the focus on getting things done.

Cons

The competetion hampers some information flow. An attitude for getting things done and strong interpersonal skills are as important for growth as technical skills. This can be viewed either as a pro or a con depending on who you are.

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    Long Time Microsoft Employee

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Microsoft is generally a great place to work. Although perception has changed Microsoft's core capabilities are still very strong. There are business groups that are strong and generally carry the company (groups such as Windows, Office, Development products, & Server & Tools business are still the core of the company). The company has very good benefits and the salaries are pretty commensurate with what is generally in the industry. The good money is made at the Director level (or principal PM, Dev & Test Management levels). If you are fortunate enough to get into one of those groups that are core to the business you would be in great shape for potential to grow your career. Also, for career growth groups that have competition with other industry leaders are great... think Windows, SQL, Win Server, etc are great... it gives you the opportunity to really dig into the competition and get out of the Microsoft centric thinking that is prevalent throughout the company.

    Cons

    Groups such as Entertainment & Devices (which contain XBox, Zune, & Phone) generally struggle since they are not core to the companies bottom line. I've seen in recent years where the company has pushed people who had been at the company for some time 10+ years to bring in other people they can pay less. Not much in the way of Stocks at Microsoft as the stock has been generally flat for the past 10 years. AS the company has grown things are very political and there is not as much innovation as there had been in years past. Microsoft seems to be going back into the fast follower status in innovation (think zune vs ipod, Azure vs AWS, & Kinect vs Wii)... This is no accusation that Microsoft has done any better or worse but adoption is critically important in being an industry leader (Wii was years ahead of Kinect and the iPod was years ahead of Zune) - fast fallower means your adoption (and profits) will follow first to market.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Overall a great learning experience. However lathargic career growth and lack of opportunities.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Difficult challenges. Learn to build large scale software. Colleagues are pretty smart folks.

    Cons

    Large and small scale politics. If you upset the wrong person for whatever reason prepare to have your career derailed. The review process is a joke and widely considered a popularity contest. Being "calibrated" against others in your level band and requiring leadership to decide on the bottom 10% each year. You could have 10 great people on your team, but you have to single out one as a 10%'er. Which basically means they might as well be fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Completely change the review practice. Fire Ballmer and LisaB. Innovate...good grief we actually surprised people with Kinect but we need to do more.

    Disapproves of CEO
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