Working at Microsoft

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Smilepleas

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Sep 29, 2017 31 Comments

How is it like to work at Microsoft ?
Is it a boring company to work for ? I heard Microsoft is just filled with aging population and not much growth opportunity

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  • Amazon BrownBoy
    Joined amazon a few months back from Microsoft. I'd give an arm and a testicle to go back to my old team at Microsoft
    Sep 29, 20174
    • Autodesk / Eng
      HelloHelo

      AutodeskEng

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      HelloHelomore
      What do u mean
      Sep 29, 2017
    • Microsoft Jim Raynor
      Regrets
      Sep 30, 2017
    • Microsoft / Eng
      Pagefault

      MicrosoftEng

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      Hate coding quizzes but studying hard for better future!
      Pagefaultmore
      Hang in there for a few more months and come back with two levels up!
      Sep 30, 2017
    • Microsoft / Product
      Walrus

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      Walrusmore
      What team were you on in Microsoft and what team did you go to in Amazon?
      Oct 3, 2017
  • Amazon missfit
    I left MS a year ago, in 5 years tried 3 different orgs and I can honestly say if you're young it's a resume killer, since things move slow, so much politics and majority of the roles I've seen is depth and rarely involved breadth. If you're looking for your last job before retirement, then 👍
    Sep 29, 20178
    • Uber Brkngbd
      I dont think any company is a resume killer, as long as you find good work to do. If you coast, even a hot new startup can be a resume killer. Some of the best engineers I have worked with have been from Microsoft. I agree that it is slow moving, but people seem to find pockets that are super interesting.
      Sep 29, 2017
    • Amazon missfit
      Those pockets are far and few and I don't know of any other company where employees who stayed longer than 7 years were essentially black balled or given a stigma due to staying so long... Again due to lack of breadth in their roles.
      Sep 30, 2017
    • Uber Brkngbd
      But you haven't been at all other companies. So that's a massively biased anecdote.
      Sep 30, 2017
    • Autodesk / Eng
      HelloHelo

      AutodeskEng

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      HelloHelomore
      Do u mean in 5 years u tried 3 different companies ? Or teams/ groups within Microsoft ?
      Sep 30, 2017
    • Amazon missfit
      3 different orgs in MS.

      Like Amazon, I've been in groups that encouraged moving around and took advantage of it when the work wasn't interesting
      Sep 30, 2017
    • Microsoft / Eng
      Pagefault

      MicrosoftEng

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      Hate coding quizzes but studying hard for better future!
      Pagefaultmore
      Agreed to some extent. You cannot make important contribution until you are in the team for two years or so because of a ton of internal tools, legacy code often with complicated reasons, diverse set of tools and teams they need to support. Imagine the breadth of MSFT products and nightmare of supporting all difference scenarios. Due to these reasons, you should know the right trick and people to make progress along with a strategy to make other teams help you.

      But I also think Microsoft is a good place to learn about how to build a production software that affect many different demographics. There are toxic teams and they are usually a team with a bunch of vender or international transfers. These teams often have most of people from one country with not many engineers who studied in US schools; therefore, they usually bring weird work culture or process from their home country and don't respect the culture here. These teams usually have boring projects with bad manager.

      But overall I think Microsoft has great collection of engineers if they worked at a good team with diverse set of engineers. I have enjoyed in depth tech discussion with Microsoft but did not find many such from other tech companies except G and FB. Interview bar is lower at Microsoft so there is wide variety in selection but in general experienced engineers who have gone through proper education and training are better in general than other tech companies.
      Sep 30, 2017
    • Microsoft / EngBart
      Resume killer? That’s crazy. Microsoft opens a LOT of doors. Maybe young arrogant engineers are startup x will look down their nose at you for working at Microsoft but the vast majority of the market does not.
      Sep 30, 2017
    • Microsoft MSFT_LaaS
      But I want to live like I'm on that silicon valley show
      Oct 1, 2017
  • Microsoft War
    Haha - so you have an issue with aging population ? So is the world
    Sep 29, 20170
  • New / EngFlatline
    It is literally a company of thieves. Many years ago they visited our company under the guise of perhaps purchasing us or our tech or licensing the tech. The engineers left and never got in touch again, and behold a year later Microsoft announces a competitor to our product... that, and the fact most Microsoft products are mediocre crap, I wouldn’t work for MS unless I was paid $1M/year and up, to make it bearable.
    Sep 29, 20175
    • Facebook Yummyu
      FYI that's not new, fb does it too or so I've heard
      Sep 29, 2017
    • New / EngFlatline
      Still horrible though. Especially because the product they released was significantly inferior but became popular because it was bundled with Windows...
      Sep 29, 2017
    • Google / EngGsibgrws
      Lol you got brain raped
      Sep 30, 2017
    • Microsoft / Eng
      Pagefault

      MicrosoftEng

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      Hate coding quizzes but studying hard for better future!
      Pagefaultmore
      Like Eric did to iPhone and Android? I wonder how much more profit and market would Apple have if not Eric's stealing the top secret from the board seat right in front of Steve Jobs. Google launching the uber like service is another story. Apparently, stealing is not included in evil act.
      Sep 30, 2017
    • New / EngFlatline
      Large corps can only innovate to a certain degree. Google’s main product was developed before google existed officially (by Larry and Sergey). Everything in google revolves around the principles launched way back the founders.
      Sep 30, 2017
  • Microsoft trolololo
    All depends on the team. I'm a younger person stuck on a team of old farts literally at the age of retirement, who just do the bare minimum. There are many young teams with great prospects. Those teams are the future of MSFT.
    Sep 30, 20173
    • Autodesk / Eng
      HelloHelo

      AutodeskEng

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      HelloHelomore
      Could u name those teams
      Sep 30, 2017
    • Microsoft CapAmerica
      Pretty much how I feel. I went to MS Ignite this week and talked to a lot of people. Many of the younger PMs and sales people were enthusiastic about their jobs, while many of the older ones seemed miserable.
      Sep 30, 2017
    • Microsoft trolololo
      Teams outside of WDG are younger. Young teams at Universal Store are not very happy imho. Young teams at Exchange seem to have fun from what I saw.
      Oct 1, 2017
  • Microsoft RunawayJim
    Its great... As much opportunity as you can earn. Mostly based on merit.
    Sep 29, 20170
  • Microsoft / Product
    Walrus

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    Microsoft is fairly young. Product teams are maybe 40% in their 20s, 30% in their 30s, and 20% in their 40s. Just a guess based on my time. I've seen more older people in the field, but there are still more people in their 20s than other groups. I'm in my 30s and have been here for 10 years.
    Oct 3, 20170
  • Microsoft SBkY10
    I absolutely LOVE my job at Microsoft - work with an incredibly talented group of people (well most of them), great vibe, lots of fun and potential to learn a tons..
    And yes....we make a lot less money in marketing...but I still love my job (L63)
    Sep 30, 20170
  • Microsoft kappan
    The office org is pretty laid back and slow. Not great for your early career, but would be awesome for your late career.
    Oct 4, 20170
  • Microsoft Bluewale
    if the only thing you want to learn is how to become a good politician and brainwashed zombie that sells Windows phone as an iPhone killer, this is your company!
    Oct 3, 20170
  • Microsoft Urbxjvw
    My team was very fast paced and my work was influential and interesting. I'd say it depends on the team.
    Sep 30, 20170

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