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"Microsoft Forever"

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Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
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Approves of CEO

Pros

Microsoft is a place where you can literally spend an entire career at, doing different things, growing and changing in accordance with what you want at any given time. Want to work on servers? Microsoft has it. Want to work on portable media players or console games? Microsoft has that too! Search, databases, communication, operating systems, distributed technologies, office productivity, hardware innovations, you name it - if it's software, someone at Microsoft is probably doing it! And if no one is doing it, you can start your own Startup at the Microsoft Greenhouse project. And that's only the technology side. You can change your career path - e.g. from a technical maverick to a marketing wizard - with Microsoft's full support and encouragement. Training is part of the culture. Microsoft offers relocation opportunities, which means that if you want to live in another country for a few years you can do that without leaving your workplace. There's even a program that will send you to China for 6 months if you're interested. When life changes for you and you want to slow down a bit, there are even part-time programs. And if you read until here, you probably noticed that I did not mention the Microsoft recruiting mantra of “come and build software that will change the world”. That may be true, but for me it’s all about the company and more importantly the people that work there. Most of the folks you’ll meet at Microsoft are nice, passionate, honest folks that are just a pleasure to work with. I have looked at jobs outside of Microsoft several times, and have not yet found anything that made me want to jump ship.

Cons

Much like how the moss in Seattle can easily take over an entire lawn, if you are not careful, Microsoft will take over your life. Work is really addictive, and people tend to work very long hours, work from home, work at night and over the weekend, and let work fill up most of their lives. It’s hardly ever the case that a manager would ask you to stay late and work on something – you’ll do it yourself, because you are passionate about the things you are building. This is a very hard habit to break and you need to be able to set strong, clear boundaries for yourself so that you do not sink it too deep.

Advice to Management

No advice, really. I think they are doing a good job, and as long as they keep sane, keep listening to the folks that work for them, and keep to the Microsoft values, everything would be just fine.

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    "Microsoft is still a great place to work, especially if you are looking for career growth!"

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    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reasons to work at Microsoft are that you get to work with a group of exceptionally talented and motivated people, you have almost limitless career growth, and you will always be working with the latest and greatest technology that is available. Senior management is very competent and will give you feedback on a regular basis that you can use for personal as well as professional development. The people you meet in the hallway usually seem happy to be there (minus the guys that are late to their meetings and coding on their laptops while trying to hit the right elevator buttons) and you can almost always strike up a good conversation with someone interesting at lunch (we're not all antisocial nerds, well at least not all the time =P)
    If you are a fresher like myself, I have found the environment to be very nurturing yet at the same time there is plenty of challenge so you will feel proud of your work when you are done. At my previous company when management said I did a good job on a project I just shrugged it off, but when someone says you're doing a good job at Microsoft it is really something to be proud of!!

    Cons

    The downsides are that sometimes you will put in long hours if you are close to release in the software development lifecycle. Occasionally I hear about people having incompetent middle manager/leads which I believe is partly due to the "if you can code, you can manage" philosophy. If this happens be diplomatic about it, give feedback to your leads and senior managers and remember that sometimes they are still learning too. Also, as a downside to having high career growth you can be put in a situation where they will give you more responsibility than you asked for. This is great for experience but it can be stressful if you are not used to it. The way I see it, that is just part of the training and what is life without a little challenge anyway?

    Advice to Management

    Theres a lot of back scratching going on in here! Also, morale events really do boost morale, lets have more of those =P


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    "Great people, lousy place to make a meaningful career."

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    Current Employee - Group Program Manager, Technology in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Group Program Manager, Technology in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft is a great company the develops the best software in the world. You will never lack for resources to do your job and their are a lot of very bright, dedicated people you will work with. They give you the best computing resources you want - many employees have 2 or 3 computers. Best of all you also get access to all of Microsoft's software. The latest and greatest versions of Office, Windows, SQL, SharePoint, etc. In many groups, you also have a lot of responsibility - kind of like a startup, where you wear lots of hats and much is expected of you. Most of your co-workers are dedicated, smart and really committed to doing the right thing for customers as well.

    Cons

    Forget about a life outside of work. You will always have more work than you can do and lots of pressure to complete it all. The bureaucracy is at an all time high and the organization moves at a snails pace for most things. Even though you have a lot of responsibility, there are lots of internal politics and cross company issues that make it difficult to make real changes without more effort than you can possibly believe. You would think that the best software company in the world would have great internal systems, but they don't. Lastly, the pay is horrible. Every year, they come out with lame reasons and explanations that pay is really not so bad and that you should be honored to work at Microsoft, but it doesn't do justice to the amount of work most of the employees put in.

    Advice to Management

    Please create smaller autonomous groups. There are so many people working on the same thing without any accountability. Cut the overhead and get back to the old days when individuals could make a difference. The management has moved away from performance and good ideas make a difference and get recognized to an elite atmosphere of us vs. them.

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