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Great place to Intern. Disheartening as a full-time job.

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test Intern in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test Intern in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

Great place to intern. Advise against pursuing as a full-time job over the long term. Rewards, promotions, reviews are political - not merit based. More importantly, job satisfaction has hit rock-bottom because very few groups focus on building a truly successful products. Most everyone else is following another manager's orders. Very disheartening.

Cons

The company lacks a well-defined direction. Most groups are too large and organizations are too complex that a lot of effort is being wasted. This hurts because the impact of your work ends up being fairly negligible. Too many times, when saving a project from ruin, you might contribute immensely, but it's not a feather in anyone's cap and you won't receive credit for it.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please make this a tight running ship with a clear, focused path towards increased revenue. Honor good design, pay utmost attention to usability and end-user satisfaction. Stop jumping on the latest bandwagon, and be very clear on what not to do. Lastly, weed out the PM culture that impacts work, reduces the overall quality of your product and simply wastes resources. Your developers and designers have a lot of talent - listen to them. Everyone else in the group is a liability and is only slowing Microsoft's progress.

Then again - this advice may or may not be in line with your goal of a bigger promotion/paycheck/bonus.

It shows in the final product if a company is truly passionate about making something worthwhile. Learn from Apple.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    A cutthroat working environment

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great stability, competitive or high salary, great benefits. Lots of smart people. Many opportunities for professional development both internally and externally.

    Cons

    Hyper-competitive, stressful working environment, larger groups are extremely political. If you get a bad manager, you're sunk because HR will support Microsoft managers no matter what. And make no mistake, there are plenty of bad managers, most of whom were promoted into their position because of individual excellence but who have no idea how to motivate or develop people.

    Microsoft says it values respectful communication but many managers get away with bullying and intimidation without repercussion, because upper managers don't even know it's happening.

    There is a HUGE over-reliance on e-mail and instant messaging, leading to frequent miscommunication and strained relationships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get down on the front lines and talk to individual contributors. Encourage anonymous feedback on managers and senior managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Being #1 is a blessing and a curse

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    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Pay and bonus is above average. Medical benefits are outstanding. If you're willing to relocate or travel more than 50% of the time you have greater opportunities than most to advance. There is a certain amount of opportunity that you can control locally but after that it is right place right time. You really can control your own destiny by digging in and going the extra mile and you can be rewarded for it (there is some downside to that which I'll outline below). Having dedicated customer contact and / or responsibility insulates you (mostly) from corporate restructuring - the company is sensitive to forcing a level of change that might cause service level drops or continuity issues with customer facing roles.

    Cons

    Raises are not the best. While you start off higher than two thirds of comparable jobs the raises that are not accompanied with promotions are less than 4% with most being in the 2 to 3% range. If you miss a single commitment even by a hair that raise could be 0%. You have to be willing to relocate or travel more than 50% of the time to have greater opportunities than most to advance. If you do dig in and go the extra mile you'll most likely be rewarded for it especially if it positively impacts the business unit as a whole but you'll have raised the bar for yourself and your peers - they'll be expected to do as much (or more) and so will you from that point forward. If you worked at a marathon-like pace you'll never be able to sustain that from year to year. You'll burn yourself out trying and ultimately alienate yourself from your peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back down to Earth. Stop dictating to customers what they should want and need. Instead ask them and build it - they'll come running.

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    Disapproves of CEO
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