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"Not the place for good software engineers"

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Cambridge, MA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Microsoft has lots of money and decent benefits. Some of the middle management is OK.

Cons

If you are coming from a top engineering school, and really know software, this is not the place for you. I felt like after I graduated from MIT that I went back to elementary school when I started working at Microsoft. Most of the software engineers here have no clue and the office politics are out of control, so you spend more time defending turf than coding.

Advice to Management

Consider promoting the talented software engineers rather than harassing them.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Too much politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    MS has money, talent, patents, and all the assets to be successful.

    Cons

    too much politics- all about managing up.

    Advice to Management

    push managers to manage. raise accountability and do not reward politics


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Intense clture, highly competitive, often unnecessarily so"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good on resume to have experience from here, learn a lot about very competitive environments, learn to produce work quickly at the highest level possible.

    Cons

    Excessive emphasis on internal competition; less cooperation than what would be optimal for many activities.

    Advice to Management

    Be open, listen to great ideas from everywhere, stop calling people "resources". Create more opportunity for top thinkers to contribute in meaningful ways. Remember that competition is outside the company and winning against them is more important than internal competition. Hopefully this is changing somewhat now with new leadership at the helm.

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