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"Extremely fulfilling team-building, communication-bound, synergistic, participation in the single best team at Microsoft"

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Former Contractor - Software Test Engineer in Redmond, WA
Former Contractor - Software Test Engineer in Redmond, WA
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No opinion of CEO

I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 3 years)

Pros

Camaraderie and strong structure. This was a very fulfilling place to work. It was awesome to see the Kinect ship. I obtained incredible independence.

Cons

Constantly behind schedule and over budget throughout the entire cycle added a degree of stress to the process. Oh well, PMs, what are you gonna do?

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    Current Employee - Principal Dev Lead in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Dev Lead in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, good benefits, plenty of opportunities.

    Cons

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  2. "Great Company, but aging"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Architect in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great projects, great people, commands respect in the industry, you can do things that are impossible with smaller companies. We rule the Enterprise and they happily give us an awful lot of money because we deliver stuff that they understand, and that works.

    Cons

    - Too many middle managers and middling management, too much internal competition, passionate but unimaginative leadership.
    - Too much cost watching from management and not enough good ideas.
    - We have gone from being successful "fast followers" to just plain "followers".
    - We have problems coping with complexity.
    - Willingness to leverage advanced technology (that involves math and mental effort) is very limited.
    - Overemphasis on "simplicity" leads to poor solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Not enough Ozzys, ok, he didn't work out, but he had the right approach. Too many KTs, cost cutting and cheerleading salesmanship will increase profits (we are great at that), but will not create great products.The only sure bet would be to break up the company. Either that or find a Steve Jobs or Elon Musk. Good luck with that (I mean it).

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