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"Great company, if you have thick skin for politics"

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Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Lots of smart people, different groups with different work environments, great benefits and offices. Good compensation in general.

Cons

Built around a declining business model, and it is noticeable. At some point you can't keep growing without getting bruised with politics. If you're not politically talented, at least will need to have high tolerance towards it and know to stay away from people's destructive path. Switching jobs internally is not simple, and upper management can easily block you using obscure rules.

Advice to Management

Make internal transfer easier. It's ridiculous that it's easier to go work for the competition than for another group.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Nice not really intensive work in relaxed environment."

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Visa issuance, cool benefits, relaxed people, get familiar with latest MS products, valuable trainings.

    Cons

    Too much politics, not really much time focused on engineering. Not too many days off. Projects and team are reorganized very often.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on product, less on politics.


  2. "Good experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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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