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"Can be great. Lots of different kinds of work. Eventually have to play political games"

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Sunnyvale, CA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Sunnyvale, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Lots of different jobs
Great benefits
Opportunities to impact many users
Many resources for growth
Don't have to fear company is going to shut down in a few months

Cons

lots of politics that you have to engage in to really get ahead
review system can be demoralizing -- due to politics
no matter how great the product, its cool to bash Microsoft. Don't expect the internet world to drool over your work, even if its great

Advice to Management

review system is a pain, often a politically savvy manager can make a big difference

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "They treat their interns extremely well"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interns are given meaningful work and treat them very well. Great culture, everyone at the company is extremely supportive and very accessible.

    Cons

    Intern program has over 1000 people which can get a little overwhelming and make you feel lost in the crowd.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Very smart people, but too much internal friction means wasted potential"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with the best and brightest
    Excellent benefits, pretty good pay
    Work-life balance is generally good
    Redmond/Bellevue is a great place to live for families
    Potential to impact a lot of people with your work

    Cons

    Huge amount of internal friction at all levels - people working at cross-purposes
    Review system can put even solid employees in bad spots and contributes to the above
    Pay is very good, but no longer the best in the industry
    The best employees are slowly leaving the company

    Advice to Management

    Learn to work together (at all levels) - encourage collaboration
    Focus on a few big bets, not on boiling the sea
    Fix the review system so that it doesn't provide perverse incentives
    Stop the too-frequent restructuring and re-organizing efforts - they are too disruptive

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