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"Microsoft, a great place to work"

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
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Pros

The people are simply amazing. The coworkers are friendly, helpful and easy-going. You will often see people helping each other out with issues and answering questions, even if it means taking time out of their schedule There is little office politics and one's hard work does not go unnoticed. There is a lot of fun events designed to keep employees in the loop about upcoming Microsoft developments and technologies. There are often technical demos and presentations.

Cons

The weather in the region is pretty gloomy. It is often cloudy. Also, there are not enough women in the workplace.

Advice to Management

Concentrate on interoperability and researching consumer needs.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Still good place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work on technically challenging products with smart, motivated engineers. There very good, deep products, like Windows, Office, Exchange, SQL, Xbox, Search, to name a few. Rarely does a company give you chance to touch so many customers.

    Cons

    Too much politics - there is a lot of energy spent in trying to keep folks happy. This happens at the expense of productivity. I can see how a startup company can be 10x more effective than us with small projects - the MS machine is just so darn slow.
    The review system is not encouraging people to give their 100%.

    Advice to Management

    Company has grown too big. Trim some of the groups that are not delivering. Get rid of people who are doing the bare minimum to keep their jobs. Hire only elite people. Motivate everyone else to give their 100% - raise salaries, bonuses and stock awards.


  2. "Prestigeous, but stressful."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people around you; good reputation; you see the impact of your work outside the work (products); your friends will praise you; The best benefits package I have ever seen (there are some problems with the way the dental plan is handled by the local dentists, see below).

    Cons

    stress at a regular basis; pressure; competition can lead to some sort of mixed feelings about your peers;
    One big thing: dentists in the Seattle area will do everything they can to take all the money from the insurance company. At Microsoft, they give you a limit of $1500 per year for dental treatment. However, if you need, for instance, a canal for a tooth, dentists here will charge you...well, guess what? 1500 dollars! That means, for a simple canal, they will eat up all insurance money at your first visit, then if you need to do something else (say a crown for that canal?), you have to unpocket it yourself, and it's a rip off. So, the dentists here are literally thieves! Dental insurance should be unlimited, just like the medical insurance.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management is great. What's not great is middle management (LEADS). Many times these people are terrible leaders (great technically), and block your carreer advancement.


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