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"Great place for diversified experience"

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

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Microsoft has a great variety of teams doing very different work. Where else can you switch from low level hardware drivers to game development to cloud without changing companies?
The benefits are great too.

Cons

- You are penalized when you switch teams, nothing you did on the previous team counts anymore, even if it's withing the same division/org.
- Politics is more important than technical ability and collaboration is not valued, it's better to redo something that get other team to adjust a library for example.
- Review system gives too much power to leads, you have to do what they think is best, not what's best for Microsoft or the customers.
- Some decisions come from above from nowhere and no explanation, a little transparency would be great for motivation.

Advice to Management

Get rid of the banded review system and put more weight on peer review to increase collaboration.
Flatten the orgs and be more transparent.
Unify Microsoft, get rid of full loop interviews to switch teams to enable cross-pollination.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, great business opportunity.

    Cons

    Several execution and strategic issues.


  2. "Fantastic place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quality of life, benefits, pay; working with very smart (and nice!) people to solve very interesting problems. Tough to ask much more of "work."

    Cons

    Inherent to working within a large organization is that the number of stakeholders you need to bring into alignment in order to bring an idea from concept to reality is quite large. If selling/proving the desirability, feasibility and viability of your product/idea is not your bag, then large organizations, in particular, are not for you. If, on the other hand, you relish this kind of challenge, and view it as simply another design challenge, then you will do well.


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