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Excellent Company to work for

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
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  • Career Opportunities
Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)
Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

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

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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  1. Play the game right and you can go far.

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    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 (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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

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    • 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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