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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.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "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.


  2. "Everything went fine. Dudes got Money. Internship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything went fine. Dudes got Money

    Cons

    It's Microsoft not Linux, if you are a moral guy

    Advice to Management

    whatever

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