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"Stay away from the Microserf Brainfarm"

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Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

- Free drinks
- Reasonably good benefits (Although these are being eroded now)
- Can attend training courses (If you ever find available time to do it)

Cons

- This is a burn and churn environment. The culture is one in which they want to work you 24x7 schedule and criticize or reprimand many on the most tiniest things. The repressive culture will erase any professional confidence you have over time.

Advice to Management

- Managers here are out for themselves and not their employees so I have no advice.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "OK place to work - Would *not* recommend to a new grad unless you get a great group"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay,
    Stable job,
    Lots of technical resources,
    MSR has tons of cool stuff going on (but you need a phd to join)

    Cons

    Slow-moving (though some groups are getting faster),
    Hard for young, passionate people to make a true impact - stifles your desire to want to keep trying to change things,
    Stuck in MSFT tech stack (.NET),
    Bad resume brand if you ever want to go to a smaller company,
    Too many PMs often slow things down instead of help,
    Can develop a bad mentality as dev since focusing on testing is "not your job",
    Benefits aren't as good as companies in the Bay area,
    Management/teams are very hit and miss,
    Culture just isn't that exciting- lot's of 10+year vets (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), but it doesn't seem like many people are eager to shake things up.
    Many teams don't seem all that necessary (their cost:output doesnt warrant existence), or don't have clear goals (think internal tool teams, etc)

    As a young person, I think it's probably better to end up at a place like Microsoft later in your career.


  2. "MS Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - General Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Been here nine years and made good friends at work. People have their hearts in the right place but very bi-polar. Extremely nice then extremely angry.

    Cons

    Extremely slow and bureaucratic. Too many un-educated people now working at Microsoft. Most of the middle management (GM / VP level) have no college degrees. Lack substance, leadership, product and business acumen. In short, hired a bottom of the barrel these past 8 years.

    Advice to Management

    minimize middle management (GM Level) and hire talented people.

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