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"Software Development Engineer at MS"

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

- Work with may smart people.
- They have a varied portfolio of products that you can move around inside the company depending on your interests.
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Cons

- Lots of politics and bureaucracy get in the way.
- The review process is dependent on how you are perceived, not really based on what you do.

Advice to Management

Reduce the internal turf wars so that every team is striving for the same goals.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

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    "Leaving Microsoft is the best decision I ever made."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    With so much money in the bank it will be a good place to pass time until a better opportunity arises.

    Cons

    A once great company destroyed by internal politics, mean-spirited, incompetent management and an overall toxic culture. What you can do and deliver has no bearing on success, rather how good you are at sucking up to your leadership and keeping your mouth shut determines your future.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at how many good people are leaving and ask yourself why? When the economy picks up this exodus will turn into a flood.


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    "Office Politics Reign Supreme"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Great Benefits
    -High Salary
    -Good IT Department

    Cons

    -Massive Bureaucracy to get anything done. 6 HR people, 9 middle managers, 4-5 direct managers to report to.
    - Stack ranking performance reviews. Regardless of how well you do, you can always be ranked lowest in order to get someone else a bonus.
    - Upper management frequently makes decisions to increase their bonus, rather than for the good of their own employees, career or the product they're working on.
    - Yearly reviews take up a good 80 hours of time to complete, as you rate yourself, your co-workers and managers in massive questionnaires.

    Advice to Management

    I don't even know where to begin with this.


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