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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The stock never recovered since Ballmer took over.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    The people, the people, the people. Knowledge sharing is great too. Work\life balance was also never a problem however Microsoft management will work you to death if you let them.

    Cons

    Senior Management really doesn't care about the employee as an assest that can develop and grow further. It's become a numbers game to them. Too many outsiders came into senior vp levels and starting running the company like any other. It killed the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate some of the upper management levels and compensate folks fairly when a job is well done.

    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
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