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Perfect work-life balance for a tech company

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Former Employee - Summer Intern in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Summer Intern in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

Work environment is laid back. Focus is put on your completing your work, and not when (hours of the day) you do it. Great compensation.

Cons

Pretty obvious, but when you have a company this size, bureaucracy becomes an issue.

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Streamline communication from employees to those higher up. Shorter release cycles.

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    Work life balance is available at Microsoft, but you must demand it

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    Current Employee - Senior Development Lead in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Development Lead in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Good compensation package, especially for highly qualified employees.

    There is also an opportunity to work on incredible projects that are used by literally billions of people. You can still change the world working at Microsoft.

    It is an incredible rush to work with so many insanely smart and driven people.

    Cons

    There is a lot of talk about work-life balance, but the reality is that you only get the work-life balance that you demand. It is up to the employee to say "no" when they have had enough.

    While the compensation package is good, Microsoft isn't minting any new millionaires. If you come to work for Microsoft, you are working for a paycheck.

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    While business models may be evolving, the core values of hard-work by smart people are still what is necessary to build the Microsoft of the Future.

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    A good -- but not great -- place to work

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Smartest people I have ever worked with --bar none. Good relationships with customers and partners. Interesting work and not a lot of micromanagement -- at least not in my current role. Interesting travel. Benefits are outstanding.

    Cons

    It's become a big political company. (Sigh --I guess they all do after they 'grow up.') Hard to get promoted without the right "visibility" --meaning, knowing the right people instead of having the right skills and aptitude. Company not as focused as it once was -- too many irons in the fire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick three to five areas of focus (Server and Tools woudl definitely be one of them) and let some of these distractions go. And for god's sake don't buy Yahoo.

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