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Very stable, great place to grow yet coast.

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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 (More than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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 Management

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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  1. Helpful (3)

    OK if you know how to play the game

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice compensation, great medical insurance.

    Cons

    Forced curve at the review. If your manager doesn't care much about you, you are probably getting a very low score at the review.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the forced curve. Replace the CEO.

  2. 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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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