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Great company

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Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

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

Pros

Superb management. Good cafes. Great culture.

Cons

Rapid, awful outsourcing now to lower skilled countries without the technical ability. I worry about future products due to the poorer software engineering quality. Looking for work elsewhere as result.

Advice to Management

Stop offshoring to lower quality engineering centers. Invest in team USA where the best universities and educational institutions in the world train good workers.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    One year contract employee in finance

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    Former Contractor - Financial Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Financial Analyst in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Multi cultural coworkers, nice campus, lots of opportunity for moving to other positions in the company.

    Cons

    Specialized work in finance department of a large company can become mind numbing. Too much use of contractors, so they lose knowledge using contingent workers so much that are there only short term.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Too big to innovate. Revenue bar and urgency to market kills projects too early.

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You will not find a higher density of brilliant, sharp, and opinionate technologists.
    Agile development methods have been perfected in most divisions. Microsoft is a software machine!

    Cons

    Who you know and managing your visibility still trumps your documented contributions to a product.
    Managing up is a full-time job for program management

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