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Microsoft may be for you

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Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Mountain View, CA (US)

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

Microsoft is extremely professional and mature when it comes to software development. If you want to know how to really make software, this is where you want to work. Also, if you plan to have any kind of health issues, ever, you want to work here as well. The health benefits are gold plated. And the chances for advancement are good (up to senior level).

Cons

If you are not on the software development track you might not have the most fun in the world. Testers often try to move over to software development. And PMs seem to change quite frequently. So some jobs are better than others there. Also, once you reach the senior level it is very, very hard to move up to the next level (architect). Some groups don't even have an architect assigned to them, so you may never rise above senior level (I certainly couldn't). Finally, the cafeteria food is not that great.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

After having tried living in a Java world, I just don't see how people can live with all the random open source stuff that literally does not work. When you develop in a Microsoft environment it all works. There is simply no comparison. But somehow you guys lost out the mindshare to every single developer I've ever met outside of Microsoft. Your development environment can cost $10,000! Haven't you figured out by now that people want their dev tools to be free. And people will put up with non-functioning crap in order to get that price of free. You guys seriously need to drop the cost of the Visual Studio environment and get people to see how easy it is to work with.

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    Great company, not so great management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Microsoft has the best benefits and it wants to take care of its employees. Had the opportunity to work with very sharp and smart people.

    Cons

    Review process sucks! Very weak feedback regarding career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cross group collaboration is extremely poor. Lack of vision from Sr. Management is appalling.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Too Political.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Health benefits are good. Reputation.

    Cons

    Upward mobility, senior management, politics are horrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more willing to take chances and make hard decisions. Don't play it safe all the time. More rewards and recognition for middle management.

    Disapproves of CEO
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