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"A good place to work"

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

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

Pros

Microsoft is a good company to work for. It offers:
- Good benefts, such as good pay, good health benefits, child care help
- Many groups and products to work on, so there is a breadth of technological space covered
- Very diverse work styles in different teams, some with v1 culture, other much more mature

Cons

- Smaller pay than other big companies in the field
- Some benefits that others offer (like free food) are not seen
- Some teams have a lot of process to follow, which slows them down

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Good Deal, Strong WL Balance"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance (depending on the group), a good compensation deal. A renewed focus on building the product stack.

    Cons

    Stack ranking means that you're competing with your team members, which strongly inhibits teamwork.

    Advice to Management

    If you're serious about rewarding working with each other, you need to change the stack rank system.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "I didn't make anything for the first year and a half. Just fixed bugs. Not fun."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Great bosses. Great colleagues that you can rely on. Private or shared offices (team size/facilities permitting; expect a three-plus year wait or management for privacy in my experience). Good facilities. Pretty good equipment. Lots of cafeterias with varying kinds of food. Company name recognition and respect. Free sodas and juices.

    Cons

    A not-invented-here mentality. The company is split into fiefdoms that look out for themselves first. The CEO, Steve Ballmer, is a clown with no vision, inspiration, or appeal. No cool perks like at Google: no free food, no massages, no campus bicycles, no 20% time, etc. There's a stink of stagnation and irrelevance. You have to use Windows and Microsoft tools (no UNIX terminal or programs). Huge wastes of time: dependencies are often constructed in parallel, and the stuff you need just isn't there yet (contrast this to an iterative approach). Most tools are home grown and not supported very well. No Git or other decentralized version control; it's like CVS or SVN, but a worse Microsoft version. Terrible Sharepoint wiki software used for internal wikis. Often times, some internal tool doesn't work, and you have no idea who to talk to.

    Advice to Management

    Fire Ballmer. Great products over great profits. Focus on consumer products, and customers will pressure their workplaces to let them use those products, as with Apple products. Eliminate 20/70/10 employee performance ratings (and the required no-bonus for at least one employee per team). Pay a higher base salary in the Seattle area. Break up the product fiefdoms into functional organizations: software, hardware, services, or whatever, not Office, Windows, Bing, etc. Ditch not-invented-here. Iterate, don't parallelize. Stop slapping the Windows brand on things that don't have windows. Figure out how to be cool again, or you're going to have trouble recruiting the fresh college graduates.

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