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"A lot of potential if you can attract the right people"

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  • Senior Management
Current Contractor - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
Current Contractor - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

Pros

There is almost limitless opportunity to learn technology and advance with some of the brightest people in the technology industry today.

Cons

Depending on the division you're in, you could be stuck with middle management that unfortunately has been around too long and no longer have a passion to see their team excel and therefore you live under that shadow.

Advice to Management

Get rid of middle management that have been around too long. Seek fresh leadership that cultivates morale and ups the motivation of each team.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "A company full of resources"

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

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

    Pros

    Good processes
    Lots of resources and experts to talk too
    Great benefits
    More flexible working styles in about 60% of available jobs, some though are 8-5, or clock oriented
    Work with smart people
    Beautiful Redmond Campus with Great cafeterias right on campus
    Microsoft employees are amazing at Rallying to a new vision, when one is set.

    Cons

    Highly competitive
    Expected to work independently, without direction, but still held to a high output goal
    Expect to work more like 50 hours a week, including checking email on the weekends
    Only hourly employees would get overtime
    Such a large company that sometimes there are conflicting agendas: example - "don't hire more vendors that have badge access AND ALSO Headcount freezes and scrutiny on replacing open slots" So, sometimes the work is heavy, but they don't reduce the expectations.

    Advice to Management

    The orange badge policy is silly, for no payback. Either let open spots be filled, or let the employees hire the vendor help.

    Change the bell curve model for annual employee reviews. If you hire A+ performers, there is no reason to think that 25% of them will be low performers, mathematically speaking. Inspire everyone to be great by setting divisional goals with rewards.


  2. "Good experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Overall great company to work for.

    Cons

    There are a lot of layers which is par for the course in working for a large company.

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