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"Pretty good place to work at."

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

- Reasonable salary
- Nice summers in Seattle
- Lots of opportunities/technologies inside the company
- Can grow in an individual contributor or managerial path.
- Some extremely talented people

Cons

- Pockets of incompetence, especially outside the core moneymaker teams
- Lots of legacy to deal with
- Cross group collaboration is sometimes a nightmare

Advice to Management

- Get the right talent on the online businesses
- Clean up the Windows Mobile mess.
- Fix marketing

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Computer Science-HCI PhD student has a great time at Microsoft Research"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Smart, energetic people make the environment intellectually stimulating and fun. All of the resources that one needs to do excellent work and pursue new, ground-breaking ideas are in place. I was really impressed with this. Mentorship was also amazing.

    Cons

    The housing could have been a little better. I heard that some interns were assigned a pretty dingy place. That said, they had no problem transferring once they complained. I thought that the interns could have gotten more "swag" too: zune, etc. like the business or development interns. However, the research interns have a lot of opportunities to go on organized trips to varous locations around Seattle.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good and Bad"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay package, great health insurance & benefits, lots of little perks, access to cool technology, challenging & interesting workplace, smart & diverse coworkers, employees are encouraged to advance their careers within the company, good training classes, opportunities for promotion (depending on the team you're in)

    Cons

    Work/Life balance can be bad (depending on your team), recent layoffs have dampened the morale of employees (nobody knows if there will be more layoffs), lots of pressure to perform better than your peers and get promoted, too many layers of management, too many meetings (so work is often done after hours), huge amounts of process get in the way of getting work done, hard to move inside the company (almost the same interview process for internal & external candidates)

    Advice to Management

    In the interest of morale, layoffs - if they can't be avoided - should be done in one large cut instead of dangling them over the workforce for a long period. Hierarchies should be flattened and useless layers of management cut. Make it easier for people to transfer inside the company and good teams will attract more talent while bad teams will fizzle out naturally.

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