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"Great company overall with some pockets of bad that can and should be avoided"

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Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Microsoft has it all. Name a technology and someone at Microsoft is working on it.

Several things that Microsoft has done have been hugely successful, most obviously Windows and Office. Those revenue streams have helped the company create a broad foundation in other areas, including the successful Xbox business, cloud computing, and a real strength in the enterprise that no other software company can match.

Nowadays, it feels like Microsoft might be getting it's mojo back, which is a really good thing.

Overall very solid benefits packages. And as far as culture goes, Microsoft's annual giving campaign and matching gifts programs make it clear that giving back to the community and world is a company priority. The company matches not only cash donations but also dollars per hour of volunteer time too.

Cons

Microsoft has a bad reputation, deserved perhaps in some ways but definitely not in others. That's mostly from a business/product/consumer perspective.

If it is important for you to work on something that is cool and has buzz, you could try getting in at Xbox although they do have a reputation for burning people out.

Politics has at several points during my employment there (over a decade) have definitely played a major role in rewards and review scores being distributed in a very arbitrary way. But HR have iterated on their rewards system yet again, trying to clear that kind of favoritism out in exchange for something more motivating.

Advice to Management

Stop naming things with modifiers. Give them shorter, more unique names. Zune was a good shot. Windows 8 Mail does not cut it. The uninspiring Windows Phone brand, despite being a superiorly usable operating system, just fails to even crack the consciousness of the media. At least they put to death the abomination that was the Windows Live brand. Seriously. Change the fracking Windows Phone name to something cool, and you can make an impression. "Windows Phone" doesn't make an impression.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, and great compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Too many processes hampers agility and causes many teams to release code at a pace that's considerably slower than our competitors.


  2. "Everyone must be an expert in everything"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The stock didn't drop too much

    Cons

    Skills are only valued when they come in a bundle

    Advice to Management

    Split the company up

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