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"Positive, standard quirks for the big corp. % Ratio of competent, non super arrogant, product focused people is decent."

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Former Employee - Software Architect in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Architect in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Diversity of efforts, diversity of people. Driven to ship (in most parts) technical folks . Lots of competency in development.

Cons

in places stagnation, abrasive politics. High % of "underperforming not interested fat" among people, especially middle mgmt.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Working at Microsoft was engaging and rewarding because of the great people and work environment."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Build products that millions of users use everyday.
    Work with great coworkers that are smart and dedicated.
    Great work environment. Employees are well taken care of.

    Cons

    Big Company
    Can be slow moving sometimes
    Too many meetings
    Politics
    Stack ranking created a bad work environment in a lot of cases. (They have recently gotten ride of stack ranking)

    Advice to Management

    Improve manager and lead training. Managers and leads go through very little required training. It seems like the best developers are rewarded by moving them into management which does not make sense in a lot of cases. I think Microsoft build a program to discover employees that would make great managers.
    Most managers that I had at Microsoft did not spend enough time on providing actionable feedback. Most of the feed back was provided and then we moved onto our tasks.


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    "Don't believe the hype of the recruiter, look into the eyes of the interviewer instead. They are the walking dead."

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    Current Employee - Senior Paralegal in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Paralegal in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Seattle is a beautiful city, everyone in Seattle works for Microsoft, thus all mental healthcare providers will accept your insurance. You WILL however have to wait months to get an appointment because the wait list of Microsoft employees in front of you is long.

    Cons

    It's comprised of exceptionally smart, capable, passionate and willing individuals horribly handicapped by bloat, bureaucracy, and the inertia of history. Management in-fighting, absolute atrophy at the executive level, and a review system which created a cannibalizing zombie horde of 100,000 people worldwide

    Advice to Management

    It's all been said before; get rid of Ballmer, get rid of the Windows management that crushed all other creative and innovative thinking within the company for the last decade, wall off consumer from the revenue sucking vampire BING, and pick an email name and stick with it.

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