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"Not the company it used to be"

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Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

The great thing about a company like this is that they have the resources, talent, and market share to affect millions of peoples' lives in a positive way. Working there gave me a great sense of being able to make an impact on the world. It's filled with people that know how to make good software and work hard.

Cons

Management structure has stifled the company's ability innovate and doesn't allow individual creativity and ingenuity to flourish and contribute to the product. It's easy to get pigeon-holed in a specific role. As a result, you have to be willing to change groups every couple of years if you want to make sure you don't get bored and you continue to receive the compensation you deserve.

Advice to Management

There are too many people in management positions that don't belong there. There needs to be a tighter screening of the people that you promote to management-level positions and the ones that make it there need to be more open and accepting of the contributions their team members can make, that might not fit into the strict definition of their role. Sometimes the best innovation comes from somebody who is close to the product but might not work in a particular area (a developer with a great UX idea, a tester with a great feature idea, etc.)

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    "Rampant Sociopathy"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Impressive online reference library & lots of opportunities to learn; decent cafeteria; benefits; bonuses (depending on job)

    Cons

    Unlimited access to processed foods; not enough workspace; disjointed teams; the org is too big, so people don't know who does what outside of immediate team (sometimes true even within team); lots of overtime; lots of manipulation; lots of hiring contractors cheaply and then treating them poorly; once overheard senior management refer to a problem as "gay"; lack of professionalism in many areas...

    Advice to Management

    I don't know where to begin. Everyone is a manager or a manager or a manager or a director of managers... The structure is a chain of scapegoats. Maybe this... please don't do cocaine. It's really bad for your health and has a huge impact on the people you live and work with.


  2. "Finance Director"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Finance Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Complex business problems to deal with. Work with smart people. Ability to learn technology. Strong training & career development.

    Cons

    At time, slow decision making processes.

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