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"I've been a software developer at Microsoft for 11 years."

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

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

Pros

It is geek heaven. You work with people who are as passionate as yourself about software development. The benefits are top of the line. If you perform well, you are rewarded well.

Cons

The review process is draining and if your manager doesn't fight for you, you might not earn the recognition you deserve.

Advice to Management

Be sure your direct reports understand what constitutes for success and then fight for them.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Solid company, good culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Development Lead in Redmond, OR
    Current Employee - Principal Software Development Lead in Redmond, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The kind of place you can work for 20+ years and find new/interesting challenges or a change of environment without having to leave the company, move house, or uproot your family. I've had good managers and bad, but it's been easy to find a new place to work when necessary. Mostly I've stayed with teams for 5 years or more. Good pay and benefits. The recent review/reward system is a big improvement in removing some of the core problems hurting the culture.

    Cons

    It is a big company and suffers from a lot of big company problems. Bureaucracy exists but good people often pull together to reduce/remove it. Some teams are worse than others. All too often the company puts people in charge in middle management that make terrible decisions and hurt the company (reputation with customers, features/ship dates over quality, etc.). Those people eventually get booted out, but after much harm has been done.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to employees and working to improve the culture of trust between teams. Raise the bar for promoting into M2 and up positions. Hold managers accountable for employee satisfaction and morale, customer satisfaction, and product quality.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for but lacking vision..."

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits that are truly 1st class when compared to other companies in the industry. There are lots of very smart/motivated folks working at the company and the new direction by the CEO seems to be promising.

    Cons

    With recent layoffs many folks left inside are afraid for their jobs and the future of the company both financially and direction. There is plenty of uncertainty about the future of the company.

    If you are in test then you should highly consider moving into a different role as the company as a whole seems to be getting rid of this function.

    Advice to Management

    Rip the band-aid off and finish the layoffs so folks inside can get past their concern. Come up with a vision that includes truly driving revenue and growth into the company and get the employees to buy-in.


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