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    Technical Writer

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      Current Employee - Technical Writer in Redmond, WA

      I have been working at Microsoft

      Pros

      They treat you like you are the expert. They don't babysit you or micromanager, but do count on you to succeed or fail on your own merits. I love that kind of environment.

      Cons

      They go through contractors pretty quick. It is very hard to get a full-time job at Microsoft.

    • Technical Writer

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      Current Employee - Technical Writer in Redmond, WA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Lots of freedom to pursue passion projects. Very open minded peers and environment. Personal offices.

      Cons

      This is really nit-picky, but Compensation possibly not as competitive as the competition. No free food and just in general not a lot you get outside of getting paid (which isn't bad, just might not be up to par with what competitors do). Teams don't feel very close to each other, in social terms. Everyone is friendly, but not a lot of friends.

      Advice to Management

      Make buildings on campus feel more like Microsoft buildings, than just generic office buildings. Make employees feel appreciated with various small gestures that won't cost a lot, but will make people feel better.

    • Coolest Internship in the Whole World in 1998

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      Former Employee - Technical Writer in Redmond, WA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Microsoft for more than 20 years

      Pros

      I don't know if it's still as awesome as it was when I was in college, but I got a sweet salary (for a 19-year-old), a rental car, and a free apartment--not to mention the party at Bill Gates' house. The people I met there have been lifelong friends.

      Cons

      Nope. No cons that I can think of... did I mention the party at Bill Gates' house?

      Advice to Management

      Rock on.

    • Technical Writer

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      Former Employee - Technical Writer in Redmond, WA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I worked at Microsoft for more than 2 years

      Pros

      I had the best boss of my entire career. We worked under high pressure with oversight by international agencies. My boss shielded his contractors from the debris hitting the fans (unlike other teams). We worked our butts off for him. Learned a lot. There were additional training opportunities and tool fares on campus. There were great cafeterias with real food that we paid for with our real wages (not free dried cereal)....

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      Cons

      The lead editor for my large team of writers was apparently also an "organizational psychologist" working with behavioral science researchers. She appeared to be training a group of people, also working as editors, in "monitoring" (responses to provocative harassment) and "buffering" (social undermining) of employees who have been red-flagged for one reason or another. I had been profiled for ideology while taking classes...

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      Advice to Management

      I understand the need for covert investigations, but without protocols in place to report abuse, there is nothing to prevent malicious surveillance. Also at some point the subject should be made aware of the allegations so that they can respond (even if this means they decide to seek employment elsewhere). Mature adults are going to want to handle petty harassment themselves rather than go running to HR like a sniveling...

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    • Good work, surprisingly siloed departments

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      Former Employee - Technical Writer in Mountain View, CA

      I worked at Microsoft for more than a year

      Pros

      Positive work environment IT support which is really on top of things Nice perks

      Cons

      If your department is doing something interesting and you aren't working for X-Box or Office, then someone from the Office area might try to take what you're doing and make it theirs.

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      Former Employee - Technical Writer in Duvall, WA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Microsoft for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Somewhat decent pay and benefits.

      Cons

      Colossal top-heavy inept management and stale culture.

      Advice to Management

      Instead of trying to manage (delegate) everything to someone else, perform some useful duties yourself.

    • Hard work, ownership, and bias for action are usually well rewarded.

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      Former Employee - Technical Writer in Redmond, WA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 20 years

      Pros

      If you are delivering on a project that has a measurable impact on the bottom line you will typically be recognized and rewarded for your contribution. Many opportunities for success.

      Cons

      Lately politics have become a hindrance, teams often have drastically different resouce allocation. Stack ranking was often inequitable for evaluating eployee performance but I understand that stack ranking to evaluate performance has been replaced.

      Advice to Management

      Focus on what you are good at and stop trying to be great at everything. Microsoft is great at software, not so good in other areas that really eat into bottom line.

    • Helpful (2)

      Smart people, but a strange corporate culture.

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      Current Employee - Technical Writer in Seattle, WA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Microsoft for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Business decisions are heavily data-driven.

      Cons

      From the beginning, I've been puzzled by the number of emails that go unanswered. I haven't experienced this at other companies. Too many emails seem to go into a black hole, never to be acknowledged. I also feel like there is a lack of warm and closeness in teams. There is a feeling of competition and one-upmanship that pervades too many interactions. I've also had strange interactions with people who are openly...

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      Advice to Management

      Provide an orientation for new vendors and contractors. The first few weeks are brutal if you've never worked at Microsoft before. I didn't even know that vendors get bus passes, and was paying for my own for months. Monitor people who interact with overseas outsourced groups to make sure those groups are treated well.

    • Mostly good

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      Former Employee - Technical Writer in Redmond, WA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Microsoft for more than 4 years

      Pros

      A vast array of products to choose to work on. You'll find something that interests you in one of their many, many product lines.

      Cons

      See above: A vast array of products to learn about. They have so many products in so many categories that it's often difficult to know anything substantive about all or even most of them.

      Advice to Management

      Focus on the customer, not on the bottom line. Also, get engineering out of product design. I'm flabbergasted at how difficult Microsoft makes software seem. Get some real UI designers create the products and don't every last feature in the world to them.

    • Helpful (1)

      Short contract but a very positive experience.

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      Current Employee - Technical Writer in Redmond, WA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Microsoft is a company with great opportunities for career advancement. I found it to be a very positive environment to work in, with a high chance of job satisfaction. I am now seeking full time employment with this company.

      Cons

      Cannot always get cell phone reception in the building I worked in. (Yes this is an odd con but that's all I have.)

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