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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.

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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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    Experiences Vary from Team to Team

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Microsoft has many great products and teams with which to work, and mobility from group to group is quite good. The pay is adequate and the benefits are outstanding. Generally you will work with smart people and depending on the team, you'll have an opportunity to learn from some of the best and the brightest in the industry.

    Cons

    It's difficult for senior and upper-middle management to see teams that are underperforming or managers who are skating by on connections or on past glory. Any two people at Microsoft could just as well be working in two completely different companies, in different countries, for all the parity and consistency there would be between their experiences. If you find a high-performing team with a strong, fair manager, you'll have a great career at Microsoft. If you don't find such a team, but you want to stay with the company because of its other strengths, you'll have to resign yourself to sticking it out for two years before you can make a move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to remove the politics from HR decisions. Provide more feedback mechanisms for employees beyond the yearly "anonymous" poll. Trim back product lines to focus on doing fewer things better.

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    Company tries hard to please employees

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Raleigh, NC (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Benefits are great! (100% paid, no payroll deduction or co-pays)
    Stock awards are nice
    Room for growth

    Cons

    Lack of communication from upper management
    No backbone inside the company (hire ups don't stand up for things they know is a bad decision)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    during the "mid-year" review period, allow your employees to rate their upper management

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