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Very stable, great place to grow yet coast.

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Bellevue, WA (US)
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA (US)

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

Pros

Great benefits (salary, insurance, perks)
Lots of seasoned developers and leads to work with and learn from

Cons

Microsoft is a machine. There are tons of people at the company, and it's sometimes hard to feel like you've made an individual impact. Career growth is possible but you have to align heavily with your manager. Don't get too attached to any of your products because all of the higher ups are good at playing the alignment game. They will turn on a dime and leave you wondering why you wrote all that code for the past 6 months.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Nothing. What Microsoft does works for Microsoft. It's up to the individual to understand this process and choose if it's right for them.

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Other Reviews for Microsoft

  1.  

    Lots of problems but overall a good place to work for a while.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Lead  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - User Experience Lead in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits but they are getting worse in 2013. They will still be good but not quite golden.
    Decent compensation.
    Most people are very friendly and good to work with.
    It is relatively easy to move positions within the company to seek new challenges.

    Cons

    A lot of process is needed to guide a ship as big as Microsoft but the company is often a slave to the process instead of effectively using it as a tool.

    It is a very political environment. The best way to "succeed" is the spend a significant proportion of your time selling your accomplishments up the management chain. It is an environment where self-promotion is key.

    A lot of attention is paid to "level" of employees. New hires are often brought in at relatively high levels but can't perform. Despite their poor performance they continue to be chosen to lead projects because of their “level”. There are now many people in the Principal level-band while I’d say less than half deserve to be there.

    Decisions are often made at the upper management / executive levels with zero visibility provided. Why was this product/feature cut? Why are we putting more resources on project X? It is expected that the worker ants will just do what they are told. They don't need to understand why.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time and make an effort to learn what your direct reports are "actually doing" instead of relying mainly on self-reports / self-promotion.

    Provide some visiblity into how and why decisions are being made. Simply dictating from the mountain leads to disatisfactoin.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Play the game right and you can go far.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Depending on the team, you can be working on awesome products. Also depending on the team, people are passionate about what they do. Very smart and driven people, for the most part.

    Cons

    Test is often not seen as a key contributor to products, more like monkeys just there to pound on the product after the fact (fwiw this is not only at MSFT). Some people just seem to be there for a paycheck (or a visa maybe), and don't seem to really care about the product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the CEO: make some major changes (e.g. cut divisions that are losing money) to get the stock price, and more importantly public perception, of the company rebooted. To mid-level management: actually act on post-mortem notes and don't just throw them away; actually put automation to use so that it saves time for functional testers and does not just become a separate product to maintain.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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