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"Great benefits; Bad middle managers"

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
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Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Great benefits - PTO (3-5 weeks), 2 weeks Sick Leave, 4 weeks Paternity/12 weeks maternity leave PTO, very good health plan with HSA (employee has to pay out-of-pocket until a deductible is met, company contributes too; Plan was great till end of 2012), individual office with lots of privacy - this is a great plus if you are coming from a cubicle culture, flexible hours, great infrastructure, lots of smart engineers, good pay compared to others in the Seattle area. If you can shut yourself off of the middle management incompetency and maintain a good relationship with everyone, you'll get a steady growth. Work-life balance in general is very good with 40-50 hours though it depends on the team where you may have to put in 60+ hours and weekends. Consider working for a core team if you want to be around smart engineers.

Cons

Managers push busy work. Generally incompetent middle managers - tons of politics. It's not what you contribute that counts - it is your relationship with your lead and his/her manager that weighs heavily in your reviews. Most middle managers cannot get a job outside of Microsoft - even if they did, they cannot get the benefits that Microsoft offers so they stick on. Getting things done can be a pain. Most non-core teams have incompetent team members at almost all levels. There are frequent re-organizations across the company. It is common to go through 7-10 managers in a period of 5-6 years and it affects growth badly even if you are very smart. Most managers lack the maturity to be managers.

Advice to Management

Consolidate the divisions. Please re-align business and get rid of the incompetent middle managers in the senior and principal bands. Re-evaluate competencies and calibrate the engineers and managers. Microsoft is a great place to work and it can be made made better by getting more efficient.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test Lead in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test Lead in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, competitive pay, wide range of opportunities

    Cons

    Need to make sure your work stays visible to get ahead, but that seems intuitive for any company. If people don't know what you're working on, is it having an impact? Is it worth your time?


  2. "Challenging and rewarding work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Producer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Executive Producer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Scope of responsibilities is higher than many other places. Benefits are excellent and the work life balance is a real priority.

    Cons

    Your boss matters to the quality of your experience. if you don't like your boss when you interview then you should not take the job because he/she wont get better.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management here is more concerned with keeping their jobs then doing their jobs. This creates a risk averse culture at the senior level that rewards critics over creators when it comes time for promotion. This doesn't make them bad, just a bit feckless.

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