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"Great company, lots of room to move, but heavy on politics"

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Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Innovative, lots of room to move around, employees are treated well in terms of salary and benefits. Amazing people who can make your job fun and energizing.

Cons

Politics stifles innovation. Dissent is still politically loaded, and depending on your group, career suicide. Culture of silence around bad managers means there are many bad ones, more than you'd expect, at a large, productive company. Some of the folks who've been around a long time, and are very senior in the company, need to be moved around, or out.

Advice to Management

The cons include my advice to management.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Worst place to work for, do not join this company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    1 bad weather, make you sick , drive you crazy, no sunlight for months in winter, which is Oct to next June
    2 bad and dishonest managers, assign all non visible work to you and leave visible work to his or her favorite guy,
    3 it is a popularity contest, the work is simple, anybody can do it, the question is how to get popular.
    4 you are not valued base on you work, since the work is simple, it is purely up to the manager, they can give you 1 or 5 as he wish
    5 not so smart engineers, most engineers are so so, , good ones are not happy with the review and left, the survivors are very good at fighting and politics
    6 they completely ignore the fact that you made the system more stable, they think you are just fixing up things, and you have no value, ever wonder Ms product suck?
    7 you are working for a dead rot wood, after a few years, you become thinking their way, which is a clumsy, clunky way, rather than a simple effective way of creating software
    8 the building seems always full of car exhaust pollution, maybe because the cold weather, and the under ground parking, I am sure the CO is very high, make people very sleepy all the time,
    9 nobody out in the industry does things Ms does, because nobody can afford the waste, if you think your knowledge can apply somewhere else?
     I definitely regretted working here, wasted my time


  2. "Fun summer internship (SDE)"

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team to work with - working on products millions of people use. Good benefits, flexible work hours.

    Cons

    A little odd being part of such a huge corporation, where you can see your groups interests may conflict with other groups in the company, and you can't help but root for your own group/section and be a little dismayed at the coordinated across the board strategies.
    Depending on the group you get it, you may find yourself stuck in a very C++ only world with lots and lots, and lots, of legacy code.

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