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"Lots of great people, but large company culture and politics"

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Former Employee - Principal Architect in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Principal Architect in Redmond, WA
Neutral Outlook

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

Pros

Great people, great products, can have impact on millions of people

Cons

Culture has changed, lots of politics and beaurocracy and second guessing

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Exciting products but boring company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is a huge organization. Your experience would depend on which group you work for and your immediate manager. With risk of generalization, I'll try to describe certain common themes that run throughout the company.
    * Good Pay and benefits.
    * Employees are valued and taken care of.
    * Exciting opportunities available within the company if you get bored of current job. You can live you entire professional life changing teams and jobs to stay motivated or get promoted!
    * There are a lot of smart people work for this company. They have, arguably, the best talent pool in the industry.
    * You can maintain work/life balance. Although it is optional. Some people give it up to move up the career ladder like any other company. Staying mediocre is an option which may not be available at many other tech companies and especially not in startup.

    Cons

    * Firstly, On the day of joining you would feel lost.
    * Old company set in it's ways and hard to affect any changes.
    * "Not my job" mentality with little sense of ownership.
    * Little sense of continuous process improvement. Developer productivity is abysmal with broken tools and processes.
    * Fight for visibility to get promoted and move up the career ladder.
    * Lots of Engineers choose to remain mediocre because they are still getting promoted!

    If you want to get motivated to join or start your own startup, join Microsoft! Here you would see worst of malaise of large corporation.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing changes here so don't want to waste my words!


  2. Helpful (4)

    "What once was great is no longer - my 10 year tenure is now coming to an end!!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Support Escalation Engineer in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Support Escalation Engineer in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is average to above average and is competitive for the industry. Health benefits are still pretty good after moving to PPO model in 2013. Discounts on Microsoft software and XBOX.

    Cons

    "Rank and spank" stack-rank review system is a nightmare and is now driving out the tenured & talented people in droves. Couple this with the changes to health benefits and MS is going to be hurting having no one to support their products outside of the jokes in India. Everyone is miserable due to the ranking system and horrendous lack of any work/life balance. Management is a joke and they offer no real help in career progression or development.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Steve B and the stack-rank review system. Get rid of on-call duties as you're a global company for gosh sake. Give your employees some room to breathe and not feel like they have to work 'round the clock even from home to maybe squeak out that above average review for the year. Move your support back to the good 'ol USA and close your subpar sweat support shops!

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