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"Good company but so bureaucracy"

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Former Intern - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Seattle, WA
Former Intern - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Free soda and drinks. Good individual work environment.

Cons

No free space for communication.

Advice to Management

More interaction with managers.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Lots of smart people, constant change and navigating politics"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will get a chance to work with lots of smart people and there are lots of opportunities to work with people in different aspects of the business that you normally would not be exposed to. This also gives you a chance to explore career changes in different disciplines. Good benefits in general.

    Cons

    Review model is toxic at this company. The stack rank is truly a 'zero sum gain' type of model. (Someone who gains means someone will lose) So there is little incentive, from a review model perspective, to make your fellow peer look good. If they are your peer, they are competing for the exact same scores, salary, bonus, stock as you are. They encourage collaboration, but really it is collaboration with conditions (i.e, I will help you as long as I have more & look better than you do).

    Also it encourages you to NOT take on risks for the year; so you are better to play it safe. So what you get left with is a group of very smart people, who are hesitant to take on too much risks, reluctant to make others look good and makes you think through how you are playing your politics.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the stack rank. Hire smart people and acknowledge their worth, encourage innovation, true collaboration and risk taking. Do not mandate a certain % be labeled inadequate to make your math work out.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning experience at the lower levels, frustratingly demeaning as you move up."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wide variety of career options, self-driven, intelligent people.
    Global, diverse company - can learn about emerging markets, mature markets, B2B, B2C, developing a new strategy, etc.

    Cons

    Top-down management style has led to fear of speaking out, paralyzing the company.
    Too many people act in the best interest of maintaining their job, when the company needs to go through drastic change to adapt to the changing market.

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