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

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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.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Not a great place for young people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is good. Benifit is good. Work place is good. People are nice.

    Cons

    Usually young people are hard to take challenging work. Promotion is mainly based on how long you have worked here. Hard to get promotion quickly, especailly in some old teams, like Windows, Office.


  2. "This is a company that contiues to grow!"

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

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

    Pros

    Great working environment and benefits. People are treated well and with respect.
    Contrary to some of the comments I think the senior management has done and is still doing a great job leading this company in the direction we need to go, in this extremely competitive industry, constantly looking ahead and shifting course/gear as needed.

    Cons

    Being a mature company some of us may be complacent?

    Advice to Management

    Allow innovation, innovation, innovation!


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