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"A Good Place for a Start"

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) Intern in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) Intern in Redmond, WA
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Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Great place for an internship. Allows you to get real world experience and make a difference. The work is challenging, guided while not being too stifiling. HR works well with the interns, ensuring that they are taken care off. But with so many interns (and regular employees), "things" are bound to happen. While definitely not the best in the industry, the benefits are decent enough.

Cons

Too big. Small fish in a big pond complex. Sometimes you wonder how much you can climb. Some people may be arrogant, which can be a bit of a turnoff sometimes.

And of course: the stigma of the evil empire.

Advice to Management

Be more open and transparent with the rest of the company.

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  1. "Microsoft at the Center of the World"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft believes its mission is to provide people around the world with tools that enable them to make their lives better. Tools that empower people to communicate, solve problems and innovate. Its a noble cause, for which one can feel some measure of pride.

    Microsoft is growing, perhaps not as much as we would all like, but it is increasing employees every year. The opportunities across professional disciplines, businesses and geographies are significant. Want to work overseas? Pick a country; transferring is relatively easy. Want to work on an incubation product, or perhaps the big dog Windows? Ok. Transferring between business groups can be done too. One can amass a diver portifolio of experiences here. It offers a unique career development landscape. And because Microsoft has such a diverse set of businesses, it can weather economic or geographic risk pretty well, meaning it is a place where one can feel some semblance of job security.

    Cons

    Microsoft is now a very large company. It has all the problems faced by other large compnaies: too much process, too many stakeholders to make decisions quickly, becoming political at the top, too disconnected from customers. It is a complex matrix that can often get in the way of doing the right thing, and doing it quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Lead. Lead. Lead. Tell people where Microsoft is going, why it is going to be great for them, and build some electric enthusiasm around the journey.


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    "Microsoft--Good pay, need new executive team."

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    provides plenty of online courses, in class sessions, and a book budget to learn new technologies. They also provide you with an online portal where knowledge can be exchanged and discussions can continue on why one technology is better than the other.
    When on a project, the more senior folks will take the time to help teach you what is needed to get up to speed and move quickly through each task. In time you will be doing the same for some one else – this is truly a rewarding feeling. When you are given a job to do – do it well! No matter what the task is – accept it and do it well. Keep doing this and you will have proven your self to be a good worker. Accenture will help you grow by giving you more and more. As you complete each task – you don’t realize it but you are learning something new that will in fact help you with gain a broader spectrum of applicable knowledge – this is when Accenture will open up newer opportunities to you. That is, if you know how to apply the knowledge you have acquired

    Cons

    Lets talk about business need in terms of your worst enemy now. Lets say you just got off a project. And you specific field of interest is no longer as much in demand in the market. You end up sitting on the bench until a role opens up. But you cost the company a bit of money when you are just sitting around waiting for a role to show up. So after a while you will be approached with other roles which are not exactly what you had signed up for when you joined the company its up to you to accept or decline – but remember – there is no business need for the kind of skills you have to offer. And there is no telling how long you will have to sit around and wait for a role. Oh! And while you are sitting around – that is not going to look good when review time comes around. Does that mean it will effect your chances of getting a promotion? Well that depends on a whole lot of other factors like how much you delivered when you were on a project etc.

    Advice to Management

    I know this might sound odd. But depending on who your manager is, you might or might not get promoted. If your manager really does have the skills to be a manager and not only manages his/her work but takes note of every little detail that you do in a positive way, you have a better chance of being promoted. If you end up with a manger who just got promoted and is just trying to get the work done. Its your responsibility to ensure your manager is aware of everything that your contributing to.”
    Advice to Senior Management:
    “There are a number of “Development Areas” I have mentioned above. And I am sure the Senior Management at Accenture is aware of all of it. There are also a lot of Strengths I have mentioned which should be noted and should continue without much change.

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