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"Good company to work for"

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Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Good benefits, depends on which team you have worklife balance

Cons

Middle management get tangled in office politics a lot

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

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    "People are smart"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decisions making is typically very rationalized -- this could be a pro or con depending your view. If you like IPhone, probalby you won't like this company since it focus on more 'real' value.

    You will learn how to 'collaborate' -- collaboration is one of most important part of work at Microsoft. In my experience most people are 'collaborative' but it could be super challenging when cross team boundary as there is limited incentive for a team to put other's priority higher than itself.

    Cons

    You have to cope with review model which some ratio of employees will be marked as 'underperformed' (the model changes over time, but there always will be some of us get into this category) which is bloody and choosing a good boss is more than important.

    Advice to Management

    Change the review model -- It's easy to find so called 'last 5%' or 'last 10%' but it really prohibit the collaboration. Microsoft already impose a very high hiring bar so we don't typically have 'bad' people there to kill.


  2. "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
    Recommends
    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.

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