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"Not a bad place to work"

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Benefits were great, surrounded by knowledgeable people who love their job.

Cons

very redmond-centric. Was sometimes difficult to work with Redmond teams on projects. The company is very Redmond-focused. Performance reviews are a pain.

Advice to Management

A lot of things nee to be streamlined.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Microsoft -- Still one of coolest places to work at but needs a major revamp"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best reason, bar none, is getting to work with/around a plethora of equally smart driven people which drives you even harder to succeed.

    Cons

    Politics/Bureaucracy especially at the middle management level is the biggest killer here, no different from most big companies. Great ideas tend to fizzle away.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to your roots and encourage the startup out-of-the-box attitude that got the company where it is today. Get middle management to focus on encouraging anf rewarding this instead of covering their own behinds.


  2. "An old player in a new world"

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    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
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Health benefits are still above average.
    Many different products and projects that makes easy to change focus without moving to another company.
    Good resources for career development if you find time.

    Cons

    Work/life balance at Microsoft is becoming a myth.
    You work for a company that always follow the innovative competitors. Innovation is not in Microsoft's blood. It is customer oriented company with long development cycles. Any innovation in a product becomes history before the product is released. I believe this also affects the stock price.

    Advice to Management

    Divide company into small companies. It is too big to be innovative. Products are negatively effecting each other. There is no clear understanding of Microsoft brand.
    Stick to a product brand. Msn Search->Live->Kumo->Bing gives me the impression that we are in a desperate mode againt search competition.

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