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"Microsoft knows how to take care of their software developers"

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Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

Pros

Developers have their own offices. Because Microsoft has a longer release cycle than many software companies, the stereotypical "have to work overtime because the project is due" doesn't really apply. Very laid-back environment. As long as you get your work done and don't miss meetings, no one really minds when you work.

Cons

As with any company with thousands of employees, sometimes you can feel like a grain of sand on the beach. As a developer, you don't have a say in the big picture of the company. If that's important to you, don't work here; find a start-up.

Microsoft Response

Nov 16, 2012 – Marketing Manager

Thank you for the candid review, great comments and insight.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

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    "Microsoft promotes evil managers"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a lovely campus in a lovely part of the country. The company is financially healthy.

    Cons

    Microsoft attracts and promotes managers who are narcissistic, hyper-competitive, and often unethical. If you happen to get one of these managers, you will suffer greatly.

    Like many large companies, Microsoft has a peer-review system that drives a gang-like type of social behavior amongst its employees. Often, the most successful employees are experts at manipulating their coworkers (and measuring loyalty). Such a system is the bane of employees who are inventive, productive, and intellectually honest. Good people simply cannot survive in such an atmosphere.

    New employees are instructed to watch a series of training videos where a major theme is: "No employee can be penalized for behaving ethically." This is completely false. There are no systems in place to protect employees who behave ethically. If your manager is evil, you will likely be penalized for behaving ethically.

    Also, what the hell is an SDET anyway? Are you kidding me?

    Advice to Management

    Management should alter their code of conduct. They should seek to be replaced by people who are intelligent and ethical. It should be possible for employees to succeed who have the following qualities: Ethical, Productive, Intelligent, Trustworthy, Honest.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Demanding job but you get to work with some of the most brilliant minds in the industry"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent co-workers; encouraged to innovate; good benefits, beautiful campus locations

    Cons

    They promote work-life balance but in words only. The employees who get recognized at all-hands meetings are those who worked 60 hour weeks and never took time off.

    Advice to Management

    Employees get burned out too soon when they have no life outside of work. If you are going to encourage work-life balance, you need to really mean it.

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