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"Great place to work"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Architect in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Architect in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

If you are a software engineer, you wil learn a ton about software development and have great opportunities to grow and enhance your technical skills. The company has a very broad range of projects to work on, so you can work on pretty much any kind of software that you want to work on. Your colleagues will be super-smart. The company is well run day-to-day and you can learn from you rmanagers and senior technical people. Decisions are thoughtful - you do not worry about abrupt changes in directions.or suddently the company deciding to shutter your division.

Cons

Senior management is cautious about new technologies, which has led to missed opportunities in lots of new markets. It is a competitive internal culture and employees are ranked against one and other for performance reviews, all the way up to executive levels. Because of that, management is not as cohesive or cooperative as they ought to be.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great to learn SDLC, growth is limited"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stability, work-life balance, builds solid products

    Cons

    Plays catchup with new technology


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work if you thrive playing dirty political games..."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staffing/Talent Acquisition in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Staffing/Talent Acquisition in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits
    World class organization
    Great facilities and campus

    Cons

    Not recognized for excellence doing the work you are hired for, because you didn't also brown nose and play politics. Performance focused heavily on being a "team player" and "soft" aspects of your role that align with working within the sewing circle, than on actually your core skills and responsibilities.
    Established old girl's management team that operates like the police force, protects their own, and controls the environment in ways that benefit themselves.
    Poor communication, surprise attacks during review time, despite the mantra that everyone should know that their review might be tough ahead of time to allow opportunities for course correction.
    If you don't play the game inside the political framework, it doesn't matter how good your work is.

    Advice to Management

    Staffing / Talent Acquisition ng will change while you are there. Clearly, bigger picture of this systemic management flaw can be seen in the companies demise. Slowly but surely Microsoft has become a dodo and its just a matter of time before it disintegrates.
    Out with the old and in with the new was never more relevant.

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