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"Big ship making a big sweeping turn."

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Current Employee - Project Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Project Manager in Redmond, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Teams are great, strong personalities, and great to work with. Working across groups is difficult as commitments do not align and everyone is focused on their own delivery.

Cons

Bureaucracy and calcified culture. Hot teams are HOT, not teams are not. Rock stars get the spotlight, but the person that delivers every day, the person that executes without self-promotion is no valued.

Advice to Management

What does Microsoft aspire to be? Are you hiring, nurturing and retaining talent to get you to that goal? Or, are you filling your team with like-minded resources creating an echo chamber of self-approval?

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Great perks, bland project"

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    Former Intern - Hardware Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Hardware Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented and fun group to work in. Help was always available, and most were very friendly. The intern event was incredible. Microsoft puts a lot of value in making sure its interns are happy.

    Cons

    The project was mundane and far below what should have been given to a potential full-time employee. This ruined the experience for me. I left the company having no idea what I would really be doing for them.

    Advice to Management

    Before hiring an intern, make sure there is an interesting project they could work on.


  2. "13 years of mental torture, extremely bad culture, managers can manipulate but not manage"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, good benefits, kind of ok pay rate.

    Cons

    Extremely bad culture, many leads think more about promotions and career rather than project itself, many of test lead don't have technical expertize to understand the technology, write annual reviews based on impression instead of technical expertise, some level of dominant immigrant mentally too. vague commitments, vague performance evaluation, bad work life balance, had seen working e-mails from one of my leads at midnight and at 6:30 am,
    dev leads tend to influence test leads, some leads don't care if employee has relevant technical expertise for the project or not, they just assign it expecting the employee to learn by himself, if he fails it is reflected in the review, and so on ...

    Advice to Management

    make sure when open project that you have the engineers with relevant technical expertise ...
    investigate politics between employees which affects the quality of the work ...

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