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"A great place to work hard, test your limits, expand your knowledge and contribute to the success of the company."

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Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Intelligence, efficiency and effectiveness are highly regarded
You are expected to question the norm and seek continuous improvement
You are responsible for your own trajectory - you can take your current role beyond traditional limits, or seek a new challenge - this is not only accepted, but expected

Cons

Extremely fast-paced - not for everyone
Everyone around you is as smart as you are, or smarter - this can be intimidating at times

Advice to Management

Keep growing and changing when it has a positive impact on the overall vision for the company.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Microsoft Internship"

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

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

    Pros

    -Incredibly organized internship program, tons of freebies
    -Intern Signature Event: Macklemore and DeadMau5 performed Summer 2013
    -Get to work with tons of smart and engaging people

    Cons

    -Takes a while to get code checked in
    -Bureaucracy makes the pace slow
    -Trying to move toward Agile, but not there yet

    Advice to Management

    Satisfy need for fast-paced development


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great people in a highly political company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Microsoft is a iconic name that still attracts young professionals.
    - Looks good on resume, other companies know if you can manage the work/life balance at this company then you are no slacker.
    - Pay is good for entry level but for industry hires look elsewhere
    - Smart people that are experts in what they do

    Cons

    I can write many things here:

    - Highly political company that rewards people that can play the game
      * Send bunch of email --> This shows you are working according to managers
      * Suck up to your manager --> This is how people are getting promoted
      * Do less of what is assigned to you and more of useless tools to have "impact" cross teams

    - Stack ranking system with forced curve
      * Even if you have a team full of rock star engineers 1 or 2 will be getting a rating of 4, 5.
      * This system forces competition among peers rather than collaboration
      * Even if you work very hard to improve the feature/quality you are not rewarded because it's "expected". While someone else can work 9-5 and do a silly script to automate stuff is valued

    - Far too many Program managers
      * These people don't contribute less than quarter of what engineers(SDE/SDET) do
      * Great talented people that are forced into this role to do data entry

    Overall: Microsoft looks very good from outside, however it's a contrast when you are inside.

    Advice to Management

    - Convert PMs into Software Engineers
    - Remove Forced curve on performance review
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