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Microsoft Mechanical Engineer Reviews

Updated July 25, 2018
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  1. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn and build your career with a competitive salary and benefits

    Cons

    Career advancement may be difficult


  2. "ME Intern Review"

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    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing intern program and great pay for a mechanical engineering intern

    Cons

    My manager lacked open communication

  3. "mixed bonus distribution"

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    Current Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    challenging, rewarding with good benefits

    Cons

    bonuses depend more on your manager than on your performance


  4. "Microsoft cares. Kind of."

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are top rate. Tools and materials are abundant. My immediate manager for most of my time there was is someone I'd work for again in a heartbeat.

    Cons

    A great many cooks contribute to running the show. Upper management seemed to function by capricious fiat. There was an ever changing cast of characters at the highest ranks.

    Advice to Management

    Think about how your decisions affect the lives of the many people who are the engine that makes the company run.


  5. "Awesome place to work"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people - fun, smart, collaborative, innovative.

    Cons

    Too many meetings, a couple of hours in the evening every week talking to Asia.


  6. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible work hours (but still necessitating a lot of hours). Work is challenging and pushes you in the engineering department. Ressources to pursue every idea.
    Great focus on personal improvements.

    Cons

    In Redmond, commute is not great when coming from the city.
    Not great visibility to Management's decisions, but hasn't been too much an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Not here long enough, and different with each group.


  7. "Mechanical Engineer Product Development"

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    Former Contractor - Mechanical Engineering Contractor in Deer Island, OR
    Former Contractor - Mechanical Engineering Contractor in Deer Island, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I'm sure opinions vary with roles but working as an engineer designing parts is fun anywhere. At Microsoft the resources available to the creative types are terrific in both the virtual and physical design realms.

    Cons

    Its a huge organization and though budget is infinite, sometimes so is the red tape. Usual office politics also exists.

    Advice to Management

    Stay home.

  8. "Sr. Mechanical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with some pretty great people

    Cons

    Mid level management is very weak. Lack of vision and decision making skills.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the reporting structure. Too many generals and not enough soldiers.


  9. "Good place to work for"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great facilities,food, immense money behind the projects, wonderful challenges.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, lack of spontaneity, slow pace. too many meetings!

    Advice to Management

    Management seems too top heavy.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "I worked as a Vendor (not permenant) as a Mechanical Engineer Xbox Accessory Group"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work, bleeding edge technologies, The Studio building are a great campus. Feels like a very nice modern College campus. Great to have free drinks even for vendors and even guest. Selection of drinks is large and readily availability. Great Model shop. Other contractors are great to work with. No time limit on how long you can work as a vendor. Met some vendors that have been there 6 years straight. Being a vendor can increase your chances of being hired on as a permanent employee.

    Cons

    As a vendor you are not treated as a full time employee. Sometimes you are treated coldly. As one vendor pointed out, You are a screw driver in the drawer, they take you out when you are needed and put back in the draw when done. Compared to other companies as a vendor (Microsoft definition of Contractor) you are treated a little more like a lower cast. As a vendor you can be given very minimal space for an office. One vendor has his office under a stairwell for a year. When I was at Microsoft in 2012 Most of the Mechanicals permanent were from HP especially in Management. One HP manager have an extreme bias for HP way of doing things and was obviously bias to former HP employees.

    Advice to Management

    The manager I was under in the first contract was fair and tried to treat his vendors with as much respect as he could. He had converted from a vendor to a permanent employee.

    Management, you should try to change the way you treat your vendor. When I was there, they were the work horses of your technologies. Treat them with respect.