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"Great experience"

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Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Reno, NV
Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Reno, NV
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Great benefits; open communication between levels; felt like my work and opinions were respected even by upper management in my group. In addition, my last manager there was excellent.

Cons

There was not much opportunity for advancement within my group for me (I was interested in pursuing software development rather than management) and it was hard to break into other groups, even though I had received consistently high performance reviews. Although I felt qualified, I was unable to land any positions that interested me in the Seattle area and ended up leaving the company so that I could continue to grow.

Advice to Management

I was happy with the managers that I dealth with.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work."

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

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

    Pros

    - Big challenges
    - Smart people
    - Stable company
    - Great overall benefits

    Cons

    - Slow to innovate on the consumer market
    - Lack of internal collaboration and unified strategy between different business
    - Lack of unified customer experience
    - Crappy performance evaluation model

    Advice to Management

    - Do what is right for Microsoft and not what is right for your group
    - More autonomy to smaller teams


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Review stack rank undermines culture."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, smart peers, great pay and benefits. Great for career in the industry.

    Cons

    The review system is a stack rank. This means that good employees must be put into the bottom rung... someone's got to be in the bottom rung. I always did well come review time, but just the fact that it is run this way really undermines the collaboration and creativity that could exist at Microsoft. A very small number of folks are self serving jerks that will step on folks to work this system. Everybody else is just unsure of who to trust and fearful of making mistakes that will be held against them. People play it safe or work crazy hours to offset the failure associated with prototyping.
    Every talk I have with every manager I've ever had there is all about how I can 'get visibilty'. It's not about how I can do a better job, or learn something new.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the stack rank!
    Embrace a bit of failure as the price for innovation.

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