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"Very good company to work for if you can handle the Pacific Northwest weather"

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Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

- Very smart people
- Good culture
- Generally very good compensation, but not the best in the industry
- Ability to change teams within Microsoft every 2 years (depending on good performance)
- Lots of different teams all with different ways of operating, and work environment - feels like lots of little companies under a big umbrella (not sure if this is a pro or con)

Cons

- Smart people tend to be not too social
- Can get comfortable
- Lots of long-timers make the company feels like the government
- Top-down direction (depending on your team)

Advice to Management

Replace the review system with something that the employees will approve of.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "If you like software this is the company for you..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Software development
    Cloud development
    Working with amazing talents

    Cons

    It seems the company is losing its consumer market share to its rivals.


  2. "Feels like they're circling the drain..."

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay although medical coverage took a hit this year.

    Work with some very talented and intelligent people, international name recognition, and flexible hours.

    Many opportunities to move around the company and work on something completely different.

    The early days when I worked there were filled with lots of hard work but also hard play--morale events, trips to Vegas, and a great sense of camaraderie.

    Cons

    Flexible hours also means work/life balance is a joke--you have the flexibility to decide which 80 hours you want to work each week.

    Stack-ranking system is a teamwork and morale killer. This is the most pathetic and antagonistic policy I've seen implemented over the years.

    Lack of flexibility and drive at the upper management levels. We had smartphones, touch screens, tablets, and such well before Apple--nobody took them and kept improving on them to deliver something that would wow the world! They just shelved it or kept insisting that it would have to run Windows.

    Advice to Management

    Please fire yourselves and replace with some new blood and new thinking!

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