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Excellent Company to work for

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  • Senior Management
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  • 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 for less than a 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.

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    The company is reinventing itself

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of products, and opportunities. Good pay and benefits. Ship software that's used by millions.

    Cons

    Slow paced, stupid processes, huge company - responsibility is limited for new hires. Poor managers can screw your career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learned a lot, developed a lot. Great company to work for a number of years.

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager
    Former Employee - Finance Manager

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A few pros:
    1-Very professional work force molds you into representing yourself the best way you can in your future career.
    2-Fast paced and a lot of challenges, teaches you a lot on the job.
    3-Fun teams with casual environment, great relationships and lifelong friendships.
    4-Flexible work schedule, no set business hours and face time required as long as deliverables are hit.
    5-Compensation and Benefits are second to none (but comes with the extra hours)

    Cons

    1-Work Life Balance is a focus area for the company, but almost impossible to maintain a workweek less than 50-60+ hours, or you will not be regarded as a hard working employee. Nighttime work is the norm. It is about how late can you stay up and still show up at work in the morning.
    2-Very tough review system, everyone is smart and start playing games to get ahead of each other. Some people get unfair reviews if they are managing up or spend significant amount of time on office politics
    3-Random firedrills are a culture, being planful is almost penalized, as plans do not stick and you end up spending all the time to be proactive and planful and not getting the benefit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the Review System, it is emotionally draining and creates more than necessary competition among employees. May have been great during start up years, not effective with large number of employees.
    Beware of office politics and reward people for good work, not by who they report to or know.

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    No opinion of CEO
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