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"Great devs but too many PMs hurting the company"

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Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Hyderabad (India)
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Hyderabad (India)
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Breadth of technologies you can work on, good resources, good salaries and benefits, good development centers in many cities, smart peers

Cons

Too much internal fighting, more competition with folks inside rather than outside, too PM focused, weak leadership promoting mediocre culture, too many non-code writing folks creating useless processes to prove their worth in-turn slowing down the company

Advice to Management

Don't promote false sense of success. Promote leaders only on producing actual business results, reduce number of PMs and make the company more dev centric which is how Google, Amazon, Facebook and other companies are operating.

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Haifa (Israel)
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Haifa (Israel)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy, independence, latest hardware and software, remote access, high level of trust

    Cons

    Performance review process is a little crazy - managers have to identify a weak 10% and force good employees out. So teamwork is always accompanied by looking over your shoulder and trying to get noticed. Getting noticed by other managers, establishing a reputation, is more important than any actual work you do. There are plenty of people who play this game well. Also, work life balance was always off (too much work, if that wasn't clear).

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the 10% rule


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    "Proceed with Caution"

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    Former Employee - Product Sales Specialist
    Former Employee - Product Sales Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Above average benefits
    Very knowledgeable and talented people

    Cons

    Very political environment. Advancement not based on what you know or can contribute but on who you know.
    The environment inside the company is dog-eat-dog. For each person who gets a "good" performance review, an equal number of people must recieve a "bad" performance review. This leads to cutthroat internal competition, a lack of empathy or friendship in the office, and generally an unfriendly environment.
    High turnover- "burn and turn" philosphy

    Advice to Management

    Revamp performance review.
    Change your culture before it is too later


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