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"Support Engineer"

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Current Employee - Support Engineer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Support Engineer in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Microsoft is a large, well-established employer that offers a host of great fringe benefits, such as a gym membership, legal support, life insurance, etc.. Salaries are fairly competetive and if you are a programmer or project manager, there are thousands of opportunities. For most roles, work hours are flexible with regard to start times and the like. There are a lot of training opportunities as well as tuition reimbursement as long as you are working towards a degree.

Cons

The performance management system sets up a somewhat hostile environment or at the very least an undercurrent of distrust and one-upmanship. You are reviewed against peers and other people in your 'level band' within your organization and across the company. There are a lot of politics involved and your score can become very subjective based on the Manager/Directors perception of you, rather than your actual accomplishments.

Advice to Management

Be consistent and as transparant as possible.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "ok to work for, but very stressful"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenges are pretty good and fun

    Cons

    Big corporate environment is very difficult to work in.

    Advice to Management

    Cut down on review, which means less stress and better prodictivity


  2. "Some good divisions, some bad - make sure you do your homework before joining"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Experience working in large projects. Variety of divisions working on different things so it is possible to change jobs once in a while and keep things fresh

    Cons

    Benefits are getting cut. No more 100% medical next year. Enforced Bell curve promotes unhealthy competition between peers. Reward for 'impact' and 'visibility' (determined by manager of course) cause employees to think about how to be more 'visible' and 'known' by higher management rather than think what's best for product and company. Bunch of 'partners' reap large compensations for no good reason. Some divisions started elimination of individual offices with doors and introduce 'open space' (aka cubicles or worse - just rows of tables with no private space whatsoever).

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate 'partner' system and switch to peer reviews

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