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"Great place to work but it is not like any other engineering company around."

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

At Microsoft you will receive the best benefits package around. You get to work with some of the smartest people on the planet. As long as you get your job done, your schedule is exactly what you make of it. Be sure to be open to critical feedback.

Cons

A good percentage of those smart people have a big ego and so you have to figure out how to coexist. Politics is HUGE at Microsoft. There are a lot of folks who make technical decisions that have no business making those decisions.

Advice to Management

I think politics still play far too large of a part at Microsoft. The upper management still does not get that we have to take risks to get ahead and consequently you have great ideas that die based on risk.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great peers, so-so managers, and a stifling bureacratic culture that eats its young gleefully."

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    • 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
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Gold-plated health care
    Decent initial pay
    Good benefits all-around

    Cons

    Pitiful raises
    Poor management feedback and awareness of individuals' contributions
    10% of employees get thrown under the bus every annual review
    Review system encourages back-stabbing, discourages teamwork
    Poor work-life balance
    Some groups have sweat-shop hours
    Company seems to regard most employees as liabilities rather than assets

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul the review system to encourage teamwork
    Allow visionary leaders to get stuff done, avoid excessive consensus
    Insist that managers treat the outside industry as competitors, rather than each other


  2. "Good overall"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits packages and intelligent team members and challenging projects and flexibility in work hours and work life balance and fair performance review (considering such a big corporation)

    Cons

    Slow and highly process oriented in decision making, conservative about implementing new projects / features, not much importance given to creativity

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