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"If you're an engineer, it's like working at Disneyland"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

1) Very smart, knowledgeable coworkers. You can definitely learn from your team mates.
2) Many interesting projects to choose from. No matter what part of computer science you are interested in, there's some group working on it.
3) Top notch development tools and other software at work.
4) Better than average pay, great benefits.
5) Free MSDN Ultimate subscription for Employees means you can get almost every Microsoft software product free for your home use. Deep discounts on Microsoft products at the company store when you are buying gifts for friends.
6) Most employees have their own office (though many new employees are doubled up), so you don't hear everyone's personal phone conversations at work.

Cons

1) If you are used to being the smartest and most capable developer in your company, that won't be true anymore. Your coworkers will be just as smart as you. This is hard for some people to deal with.
2) Arbitrary but Darwinian personnel evaluation process. This alienates a lot of good workers. Read the Vanity Fair article for details.
3) It's a really big company, so all the big company ills are present - lots of unnecessary process, empire building, political (character) assassinations in the management ranks.

Advice to Management

Scrap the evaluation system. If you put together a team of 10 superstars, you shouldn't have to torpedo one of the superstar's career's to fit an arbitrary curve.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Great company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company & management. Highly recommend.

    Cons

    Test/ and M are mostly overhead.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate test discipline.


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    "Good base and benefits - But..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Healthcare, Base Salary, flexible work outside the office.

    Cons

    Too big and inefficient, review process results in the loss of very strong employees who had one bad year OR did very well but someone did a little better.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of calibration. Merit based reviews.

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