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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. "Overall I had a positive experience. The work experience gained is invaluable."

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    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The company is large and diverse, meaning that you have a lot of opportunity to work on what you really like, all the while maintaining the same benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    One downside to Microsoft could be that it is a large company. If someone prefers a small feel, Microsoft does not offer this.

    Advice to Management

    The stack rank system is self destructive. I have heard it is being phased out, and I believe that this will minimize internal competition.


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    "You own your career"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will be working with some of the most passionate and talented people on earth.

    Cons

    Internal politics and bureaucracy can be somewhat stifling, although there are pockets of entrepreneurial activity that attract the best and brightest.

    Advice to Management

    Clearly define roles, responsibilities and strategy at every level. Reduce redundancy.

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