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"Very big company with a strong competitive culture"

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Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
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Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

The company has great benefits, many smart colleagues, and a pretty good/work, life balanced. (but I suspect many people process Email at home). Microsoft likes generalist. You will do well if you can jump around from area to area and do anything they ask you to do.

Cons

It is really difficult to get into a position where you can make a difference. The company values state that they want leaders that solve organization problems, as well as write code or whatever. This is reflected in reviews down to the individual contributor level. You will need to have great communication skills if you want to overcome the inertia of just solving the assigned tasks and have your insights understood and innovate.

Advice to Management

At a large company like Microsoft it seems like they should be able to use people better. The recent layoff let go many people who were a "long time at level". Many of these people were good at their jobs and happy with the kind of work they did. On a team there are leaders and there are followers. If you want people to work together efficiently you need to allow skilled competent professionals to roll up their sleeves and do there job without getting downgraded for not climbing the corporate ladder.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Communications"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Communications in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with smart people, opportunity for growth, good benefits

    Cons

    Politics, non-committal direction, lack of business strategy

    Advice to Management

    Don't rely so heavily on your comms team to come up with the business strategy and priorities.


  2. "Software Company with innovative products"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Good benefit package, yammer channel for internal communications channel, philosophy of beta testing software through out the company before release.

    Cons

    Company has new CEO and is going through a major transition. MS just closed the Nokia Devices deal and then 3 months later cut the company in half along with a lot of MS employees also.

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