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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

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

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.

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  1. Effective, Motivational Leader

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits at Microsoft are fantastic. There are also some of the smartest people I've ever met working there. Its fun to get to interact with so many type "A" personalities, as everyone is very driven, and you don't have a ton of slackers.

    Cons

    Because there are so many type "A" people, its very hard to distinguish yourself. You can work harder than you've ever worked in your life, and there is more than likely someone else who has worked harder, or done more. People eat, sleep, breath Microsoft 24/7. Sometimes it feels a bit cultish.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management is great for such a large company. They seem to do a much, much better job of dealing with things than their counterparts at similar organizations.


  2. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Escalation Engineer in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Escalation Engineer in Fargo, ND

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft Dynamics (my experience is based on our Fargo office) is a great place to work. The relaxed work environment, great benefits and very competitive pay are just a few reasons. They hire very smart people (for the most part) and most are very committed to helping each person on their team or in their department. The company has a lot of fun events and team building activities that help break up the typical grind of most workplaces. They treat employees very good and I would recommend Microsoft Dynamics to anyone with a technical background looking for a great company in Fargo, ND.

    Cons

    Microsoft is so big, accomplishing simple things can sometimes take way to long and be quite frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Look for ways to improve the speed of decision making.


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