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Current Employee - Computer Programmer in New York, NY
Current Employee - Computer Programmer in New York, NY
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Approves of CEO

Pros

Work life balance was great... They never forced you to work overtime... 40 hour work week was all that was needed and it was not held against you for promotions.

Cons

Commute to NYC was brutal during rush hour both ways. Recommend taking the train. Some senior managers are not that knowledgeable about all aspects of who they manage.

Advice to Management

Hopefully management can read this right now. I hope they get smarter because they are really ignorant to the needs of lower level associates.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Not same Microsoft I joined"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, benefits, benefits... Enough said. Also, if you are smart, you can stretch what you work on for weeks and nobody will notice (that's also a con, as you will eventually become lazy)

    Cons

    Process is at times unbearable. Advancement in career is largely dependent on 'who-you-know' game, and if you came in lower level it is very hard to advance.

    Changing job inside company is very hard -- you have to go through interview loop as any other external candidate, but you also have to tell your current manager about it _before_ your interview is even scheduled. Technically, manager cannot prevent you from interviewing after 18 months in position, but it really brings you to uncomfortable position -- with scarcity of internal positions nowdays, there will be tens of people interviewing for one position, so there is good chance that you are not going to get it. While managers pay lip-sync to the line that they are there to support your career, you frequently become pariah in your group after you tried once to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Allow easy internal transfer, without notifications to current management -- that will help break fiefdoms throughout the company.
    Get rid of stupid 10% review category -- either fire me or do not brand me as failure.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Just an ordinary place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    a. Smart people.
    b. Lots of resources for, say, computers or other equipments.
    c. Very visible, everyone knows about Microsoft.

    Cons

    a. Compensation is below average.
    b. Layoffs are always looming. If you're over 40 years old be very affraid.
    c. Review system is just another name for "friendship ranking".
    d. Constant reorgs mean constant resets of career paths.
    e. Now with benefits downgrading (medical benefits will have deductibles, just like any other), MS became even more ordinary.
    f. Flat stock price.
    g. There are smart people in other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Resign. In any other company, 10 years of agonizing flat stock would be more than enough to cause you to "dedicae more time with family". Since you've transformed MS into "just another ordinary company", you should be treated as such and be expelled.

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