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Excellent Company to work for

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

Pros

The company took good care of the interns, even the ones not in the Redmond location. Microsoft had a fun culture, interesting events, and an overall well organized intern program.

Cons

Microsoft is a large company that can be stuck in process and organization, that might slow down work progress and stifle creativity in favor of organized productivity.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    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 (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.  

    Overall the company is good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Work culture, Compensation,Technology,Benefits,Work life balance

    Cons

    Career opportunities are less. Only college hires have more importance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should be changed to really bring changes in the company.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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