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"The Lost Decade Just Looks to Continue"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Incredibly smart people working here. Amazing innovation at ground floor and at local levels. Good people wanting to do the right thing. I believe Steve B. is on his way out, this will be a huge PRO for the company.

Cons

Layer upon layer of insidious bureaucracy, fifedoms, and in-fighting kills opportunity. The only thing the company does consistently is miss it's window of opportunity. The current review model is meant to remove the bottom 10% every year, do the math on that, after year one, the middle becomes the bottom and thus.

Advice to Management

GE abandoned the current review model at MSFT because it was too expensive, killed corporate moral, drove out the best thinkers and top minds to more rewarding and supportive cultures. If you want to host a long-running layoff just say so, because that is what this model is for.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Going downhill"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, front line managers and non management colleagues are awesome.
    Good learning experience changes roles as often as possible and you can learn a lot.

    Cons

    Management is hellbound to cut costs and doesn't care about their employees
    High pressure and stress to "compete with your teammates", working as a team is not encouraged by policy and actions

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Very stable, great place to grow yet coast."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits (salary, insurance, perks)
    Lots of seasoned developers and leads to work with and learn from

    Cons

    Microsoft is a machine. There are tons of people at the company, and it's sometimes hard to feel like you've made an individual impact. Career growth is possible but you have to align heavily with your manager. Don't get too attached to any of your products because all of the higher ups are good at playing the alignment game. They will turn on a dime and leave you wondering why you wrote all that code for the past 6 months.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. What Microsoft does works for Microsoft. It's up to the individual to understand this process and choose if it's right for them.

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