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"Overall great experience and learned a ton"

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Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
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Neutral Outlook

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

Pros

There are a lot of high quality highly talented people at the company. Being surrounded by a lot of high achievers is inspiring and can bring out your best performance. I made many great friends there that I respect deeply and miss working with.

You also get to work on huge, epic projects that very few companies in the world can do. It's fun to be a part of that even if it does make you feel like a small cog in a big machine.

The senior executives are extremely impressive for the most part. Smart, hard working and hold themselves accountable. Yes you can get a bit of ego along with that but I doubt it's any more so than other companies.

Cons

As others have written, it can get easy to get lost in such a big company. You really need to take charge of your career path, network and manage upwards. If you do so successfully you can have a nice career trajectory.

Also, in my opinion, the company is not moving agilely enough to keep up with the pace of changes in the marketplace.

Advice to Management

Try to move faster and please help the company work together more effectively than get in each others' way.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Good Company to get your career started"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunities to work on a lot of interesting projects.

    Cons

    Politics can be heavy. Don't look outside at available resources, focus on recruiting other companies top talent.

    Advice to Management

    Don't miss experienced resources who have a track record of working at start ups.


  2. "Cut-throat"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Entry level jobs are good and you get to work on some interesting stuff.
    Offices, buildings, cafeteria are nice.

    Cons

    The review process makes everyone at the same level compete against each other - so basically you are competing directly with your fellow work mates. This makes for a hostile work environment.

    Each year there is a stack rank so you are constantly living in fear of this and have to make sure you will survive it. Success here depends heavily on the relationship you have with your boss (but not always).

    Advice to Management

    Scrap the current review process and build something that encourages people to work together for the common good of the company.


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