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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 (1)

    "Very nice comp plans - enough to keep you hooked"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director - Product Management in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Director - Product Management in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Incredible resources available to employees, from hardware to software to training. Also, having the Microsoft business card just gives you instantaneous access to key people, whether it is customers, analysts, press, partners, etc. The comp plan at Microsoft tends to be on the higher side - where employees make a lot and have a decent amount of upside with stock options (but unless you are a "Partner" level, don't expect to ever make enough to retire).

    Cons

    Microsoft is a cutthroat organization, where employees are pitted against each other due to the forced "normal curve" whereby managers are forced to grade employees on a graded list, with the bottom 10% judged to be "C" players that need to be weeded out. HR still forces you to grade on this curve, regardless of how small or large your team is, and how well the team has performed. It creates a very bad environment where people often don't want to help each other out on projects.

    Also, another downside is that because MSFT is so huge, they tend to be very internally focused and don't spend enough time looking at interesting things happening in the industry outside of Redmond. This creates a bit of a bubble on campus and I think part of the reason why the stock has stagnated over the past 13+ years.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the program and abandon (REALLY abandon) the dreaded curve.


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