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"Still a great company, but desperately needs to be leaner and more efficient"

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Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Mountain View, CA
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Work with some of the smartest people daily. I frequently have opportunity to brainstorm with smart minds about ideas, software designs, and implementation. It's actually a good place to improve your own knowledge while making impact to millions of users if not more.

Cons

Well, it's a huge company. Inefficiency and bureaucracy are very easy to spot. There are easily about 30% people, if not more, who are not really contributing anything. But some of them are getting promoted due to office politics.

Advice to Management

Stay hungry, stay nimble

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Big, plenty of opportunities to work on projects from Games to Datacenter management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of variety available. Very little micro management. Opportunity to do what you think needs to be done.

    Cons

    The company is currently contracting in size. Advancement is a challenge. Benefits used to be awesome but, now they are below what other companies offer. You are rewarded for your work. Just opportunities to move up are few and far between due to the contraction in workforce size. There just aren't spots opening up.

    The company is reinventing themselves. This could be a PRO or a CON depending on your perspective. You could view it like a REALLY big start up. Or a company on life support.


  2. "Challenging, rewarding, slow to shift direction"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, passionate people who love what they do. Great HR support and compensation packages. Innovative and vibrant work environment. Opportunities to learn and grow, and great engagement with the community and with philanthropic organizations. Microsoft employees are generous and hardworking, as exemplified by their annual Giving campaign.

    Cons

    It's hard to change direction for such a large corporation, whether it's the business as a whole, or the process for an organization. Teams are often hemmed in by internal tools, processes.

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