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"Happy"

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  • Culture & Values
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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Great benefits, competitive salary, great place to work, work life balance is good. Managers you get are hit a miss :)

Cons

promotions, reviews system, politics, its not the cool company anymore like google or apple, size of the company, re organizations

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "You'll never know what you'll get"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft has a huge infrastructure designed to enable their employees to make the most of their experiences, including a very robust HR implementation that makes benefits support extremely easy. I left before the new "review" system was put in place, but that was a promising move as well. People are generally passionate about doing well. There is really no limit to the kind of product you can work on, so as your passions go, so can your place in the company.

    Cons

    Oversight at the middle management layer is really terrible. A manager is only as good as s/he chooses to be, and there is no real accountability for a manager being good or bad. To be clear, there are some employees who choose to be really great managers, and there are others who look at being a manager a personal career stepping stone and don't take their direct reports' careers seriously. What's more, many managers are individual contributors as well, so they have to look out for themselves as well as try to manage their team. Finally, many employees believe that being a manager is a step up the ladder, so that becomes an defining goal, but they may not develop the skills to be successful at it. I believe strongly that if Microsoft incentivized their managers to be great managers, the effectiveness of their direct reports would go up.

    Advice to Management

    1) Tie manager rewards to the poll results.
    2) Be consistent. This is a personal issue for me, but Microsoft made a big deal about adjusting the health benefits to reduce cost, yet they offer free soda to their employees. Free soda has no health benefits (the caffeine is pretty insignificant) and a pretty big health cost (it contributes to obesity). If you care about health cost, why give out something that may contribute to poorer health among your employees? You wouldn't give out free cigarettes or beer, and while those are more problematic than soda, it's all a gradient. In other words, only give things away that have net positive impact on an employee's health.


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    "Sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Culture, Team, Everyone works together to support each other in the process. We don't come to the team to wish that everyone fails. We want everyone to succeed.

    Cons

    Every little thing counts towards you regardless of numbers.

    Advice to Management

    More communication throughout the team. Need to have clearer views of how to move up the corporate ladder.

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