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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
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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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    Really smart people in lots of meetings

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    The health/med benefits are unmatched and the people I worked with were great. The employee discounts, the toys, the instant recognition (both good and bad) when you told people where you worked and the belief that you were, even indirectly, making the world better for the majority of end-users.

    Cons

    The schedule of meetings with no objective followed by post-mortem meetings with the same objective which resulted in the spawning of even more meetings with a similar agenda.

    The review/compensation model needed some tweaking . Don't negotiate level, negotiate salary. It was essentially better to come in under-leveled but at the pay you expected and out-perform expectations of you, resulting in a bigger performance bonus and a potential promotion which would then likely include a raise. Sadly, industry hires that came in appropriately leveled (salary commensurate with skills) would then be calibrated against everyone else at that level regardless of their tenure almost guaranteeing a less than stellar performance based on expectations of everyone at that level. To make matters more confounding, unless you're drawing negative attention you probably won't know you're not fully hitting expectations until review and then it's too late.

    Oh, and the parking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    rich client was, the web is here to stay and the iPhone is a crappy phone...but a solid embedded OS

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