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"Great place with smart people"

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Former Employee - Business Analyst Intern in Waltham, MA
Former Employee - Business Analyst Intern in Waltham, MA
Approves of CEO

Pros

Very good working condition, smart people around me and they are very helpful and friendly. Also resouce is plentiful at Microsoft.

Cons

Sometimes it takes meeting after meeting to make a decision when it requires running lean and agile. Also, HR people are very hard to deal with.

Advice to Management

The company should really be running a lot leaner and relocate budget on the projects that will yield the most benefit to the customers.

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    "Excellent place to work and have a brilliant career"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, outstanding benefits, incredily smart people, and leading edge software technology and processes. I know some parts of Microsoft have their own ecosystems and processes which can be considered old school, but there's many facets of the company that are ran like a start-up where managements job is to just remove road blocks and let the dev/test/pm chain innovate. The company is so huge there are opportunities to work on whatever you want. Employee training is top notch, and you are free to change your career path as you want. The work life balance is very good, and the review process is mostly fair and honest. I haven't had any problems with politics, but that doesn't mean the system is perfect. Compared to the other big popular software houses (i.e. Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple), I feel that Microsoft is probably the best company to stick with and have a brilliant career. Many people I work with came from Google and Amazon and are much happier with Microsoft.

    Cons

    The company is huge and it's not uniformly ran. Make sure you understand the dynamics and culture of the team you're thinking of working with. It can either be a horrible experience of an awesome one. Good news is if you're not happy, there's plenty of other divisions and groups to work for. Another con is Microsoft is famous for its BGHS (Big Giant Head Syndrome). Meetings are always rat-hole'd by smarty pants that feel it's important to argue and debate details to the point that you'll be lucky to get through 2-3 slides of your presentation. Some people are difficult to work with because they are very extroverted and opinionated. Having strong communication skills is paramount to surviving here.

    Advice to Management

    It's no secret that Microsoft has quickly became an "un-cool" place to work for new recruits and has suffered a "lost decade" in innovation. Ditch the mega corporate image and get back to the visionary company that's always 10 steps ahead of the industry. To do that, you need to focus on agility, innovation, and the right leadership.


  2. "good & bad of working in Microsoft"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    training, gain experience, improve communication and cross team working skills, stable and good benefits.

    Cons

    big org, corp is on downhill now, low employee morale, corporate management.

    Advice to Management

    elminate some middle level management tiers, improve dynamics and offer more opportunities, innovate the review/incentive systems

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