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"Great company with positive potential"

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Former Employee - Principal Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Principal Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

This is a great company with smart, great people. The benefits are decent, although not what they once were. New CEO holds promise of fresh direction and focus as a more cohesive culture, and is actively making these changes across the company. Strong research and development to push into hot areas, and still capable of entering new markets as a key player, though not as completely dominant as before.

Cons

Microsoft is a huge company, so things still tend to move rather slowly. There is a move to bring people together in one place, eliminating telecommuting and private offices for shared work spaces.

Advice to Management

Continue positive progress with recent technology and culture changes.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Great if you are in a right team"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    1. Wide range of projects
    2. Support for starting your own projects

    Cons

    1. People thinking about their dinner more than about their job
    2. Good life work balance means that people just perform their jobs as blue collar workers and not think of what they do
    3. Easier job application within company: now us is almost the same as for applying to ms for the first time, applications and interviews exist for switching teams

    Advice to Management

    1. Fire all people who came here for a job, salary and easy lifestyle
    2 hire more startuppers
    3. End free beverage program with bad quality beverage, think about health of employees and start free fruit program
    4. No interviews for going to a different positions, allow people to switch teams when they are bored


  2. "Amazing resources, smart people, process heavy"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on almost anything you love. Pay is good, benefits too (though shrinking). Tons of resources to apply to any tough, interesting problem.

    Cons

    It takes a long time to get things done, many meetings, and multiple rounds of management reviews and approval and a lot of status writing. Benefits are shrinking, but still good. Microsoft isn't the 800 pound gorilla anymore, it's the middle-aged gorilla with a beer gut.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be overly focused on technology and technical solutions to everything. Sometimes the simple solution, the one that amazes customers is the right one, not the one that's "better" - ask BetaMax about that one.

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