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"Best place I have worked at"

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Salary
Benefits
Peers - very intelligent
Career paths

Cons

There is no check/balance to ensure you and your manager are compatible

Advice to Management

Do a better job sharing the company's vision to the rest of the company
Better marketing is necessary
Target consumers more

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Consultant without a desk, required to be at my desk during business hours, heh heh."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Financial Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Financial Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good perks such as transportation pass, parking, drinks in kitchen and frequent parties.

    Cons

    High vender turnover, large bureaucracy, more emphasis on being "at your desk" than getting things done, but this depends on department and manager.

    Advice to Management

    Use the FTE's more, and reduce usage of vendors. Create a pathway for vendors to become FTE's. Put more emphasis on getting things done, less on being at your desk. Let mobile vendors be mobile, or give them a desk.


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    "The Best of Times, The Worst of Times"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is a place with smart people, good pay and good benefits. It's a respectable technology company (if not a leading one) and there's the potential for growth in broad areas.

    Cons

    In two words: the culture and the management. Performance reviews have been honed to a system that pits people against each other like on Survivor and people do lose their jobs because of it. Management and bureaucracy are stifling due to size and politics. If you're coming from outside Microsoft, their idea of work-life balance will shock you. And at this point, management seems dangerously out of touch.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Ballmer, break up the company, lose the review system and let the great people you have actually do what they want rather than sit in meetings and do presentations all the time.

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