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"Politik"

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Awesome benefits.
Great work-life balance.
Great straight-outta-college job.
Beautiful Redmond campus with tons of great activities for 20 and 30 somethings.

Cons

Gotta play to get paid. Self-promotion is a constant necessity along with the ear of your skip-manager (your actual manager has no power to grant you rewards). Annual "Connect"s are only as good as your skip's willingness to read feedback. Glowing reviews can be sent straight to the Recycle Bin because it was "too time consuming" to read them all.

Dogmatic adherence to the Microsoft ecosystem. Wanna write something in Python? Forget it. Switch teams (and company while your at it). Have a great OSS resource you'd like to pull into a project? Good luck getting through LCA approval. Butthurt is all around when someone calls a MS baby ugly.

Advice to Management

Force managers to actually read connect feedback. It's too easily brushed aside.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Solid and Unexciting Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good solid company. Many different places to work, allowing movement if wanted. Good benefits. Some great people there.

    Cons

    The way to get ahead is to snap into the matrixed organization. Those that get to the top are not liked by all, just by the few that need to be impressed.

    Advice to Management

    Think outside of the box a little. This will lead to agility. Just because something is the way it's always been done doesn't mean change can't occur.


  2. "343 Industries Internship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern

    Pros

    Super cool projects to work on in 343 industries, I specifically worked on Halo 5 Guardians for the summer.

    Cons

    working in gaming in general is fairly demanding. Most of my bosses worked a minimum of 55 hours per week

    Advice to Management

    Put 343 industries closer to Microsoft's main campus in Redmond, I felt a little isolated in Kirkland (where 343i is)

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