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"Fair"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

+ Work life balance
+ Owns entire technology stack

Cons

- Promotion depends on political climate of your team/org
- Teams fight turf war to keep their political capital (visibility of features, etc.)

Advice to Management

Thin out the bureaucracy. Have less meaningless meanings. Be more data driven, not political driven.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Great place to work just needs some modifications"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This is a very inclusive and rewarding place to work. Great benefits and positive direction of the company.

    Cons

    Employee calibration model creates negative behavior and squashes creativity/innovation. Often feel like you are pitted against your peers to rank a good performance review since you are calibrated against peers.

    Advice to Management

    Change the current calibration model to cultivate creativity and innovation.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good, not great company"

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

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

    Pros

    Total compensation, including benefits, were very good
    I was able to innovate and get things done in my own style, but was rarely thanked by the company - only my external partners

    Cons

    Every day was like ground hogs day. You scratch and claw and spend obscene hours working on a PowerPoint deck in order to get funding or a headcount for a project. Once approved, if the manager who approved it moves on, the new one moves in and questions everything. It's as if the proper thing to do is join a new team, assume everyone sucks so try to get them to move on (or worse, fire them) so that you can build your own team of yes-men that try to re-invent the job only to try the same things that failed years earlier.

    The stack-rank review system was a disaster and made enemies within teams

    Many of the best people left. I don't know anyone that still works at MS that isn't looking to leave (this is a Seattle-Redmond area comment)

    Advice to Management

    Instill in middle management that their employees are people, who are good and smart instead of assuming they are dead weight. Until that attitude changes, no amount of money could get me to back to MS, and I was a hi-po, great and dedicated employee for almost 15 years

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