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"Senior Software Engineer"

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Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Company takes good care of its employees, pays well.

Cons

not all managers are good

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

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    "Incredible work experience but by & large if you didn't grow up managing-up in a political company its a struggle"

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    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Even modified benefits are excellent. People are very smart and the experience is priceless. If you learn to do what makes your leadership hierarchy happy, not make waves and tell the story as they want to hear it, you can flourish and grow. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but you need to personality accept and work in this environment and accept good results as oppose to better or best.

    In Redmond and most of the world, the working environment (physical) is really nice and rewarding.

    Cons

    In Sales: Many of the smart people have learned how to thrive in a world of managing up. As they pair down senior roles (65+) and males over 40, if you are not savvy you will not make it to next week's episode of Survivor Microsoft. People you thought were on your side were only a temporary allegiance for last week's episode.

    Don't be convinced coming in at a lower level is good for you in performance ratings, drive for the highest level you can get to start. Put a smile on and deliver lots of sugar with any medicine and consider baby steps for change and ensure the story aligns to the Exec's vision. Work smarter, not harder meaning be clever with visibility and communication. You can work less and actually grow with that strategy. Get on visible projects and take as much credit as reasonable to be noticed. You need to worry about you.

    Expect passive aggressive responses. If you deliver the "What" (results) you will be called out for the "how" you did it. You are always better off prioritizing the "how" over the "what". HR is the best in the world. They will protect the company, so work accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    Work on the culture. It is going to take 5 years to make a dent, but you will get there. Long time employees are skilled at telling whatever version of the story you want. Consider giving +1 consideration to senior people who have been with the company less than 5 years. Finally, diversity in thought should be embraced, regardless of race, gender or age. The place is protecting its own too much to drive the change you desire.

    Finally, try to accelerate attrition of the senior team dealing with god complex.


  2. "Everyone must be an expert in everything"

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    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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