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"Inspirational and exceptional"

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Former Employee - Principal Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
Former Employee - Principal Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Smart people collaborating around applied innovation, huge scope of really hard problems to solve which will make the world better, and focused on a balance of short term results with very long term vision.

Cons

Microsoft has too much politics due to a review model that happens every year, slowing down progress. Some of the VPs are really very selfishly oriented more than customer oriented. They are not doing enough to beat Apple and Google.

Advice to Management

Move to a quarterly ranking approach, allow for long-term innovation assignments with protection for ranking randomization for 2 years, reinvigorate the Quest program with real funding and/or stock grants for participants and helpers, and take enough heart to totally out-innovate the competitors.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (3)

    "my experience at M.S"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good 401K, good salary...good products

    Cons

    most senior program managers in technical teams suffer from lack of base computer science knowledge which makes them make wrong trade offs.


  2. "Opportunity to own your career and what you do."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager Lead in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager Lead in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Huge amount of choice. Tons of jobs across the company. It’s hard to get bored with some many interesting projects available.
    Smart people. In general there are really smart people to work with – especially in some areas.
    Whatever your passion you can find some way to be involved. Whether you make it part of your job or just take advantage of the groups and resources.
    It’s up to you to make your career what you want it to be. This one can be seen as a pro or con.

    Cons

    Some inefficacies that come with a large company.
    Imperfect review model, but really there are few that are great.
    Not all groups are that great to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Explain the why regularly.

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