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Software design engineer

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Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Nice environment for engineer like single office/liberal enough for discussing engineering topics even with outside working group.
Variety of areas the company covers give employee for choice on internal transfer.
Work life balance is enough good for those having kids.

Cons

Review system is bad. There is bunch of tools, but still not much transparent, and room for politic to step in.
Compensation would not be much competitive with other top it companies. Even worse, famous health insurance coverage will go away from 2013.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep up good work.

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    Awesome experience

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Microsoft offers great working environment and benefits to its employees, even to interns. The team I worked in is great, and the work I was given challenging, which is good for personal growth. I can see the impact of my work on production systems.

    Cons

    As with other large corporations, it may take some efforts for your opinion to be heard and approved by other people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Very good employer with reasonable benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Porgram Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Porgram Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment
    Flexible work hours and ability to work from home
    Leading edge technologies
    Annual poll actually has an impact on the way thiings are done.

    Cons

    Benefits have been erroded in recent times esp health care
    Stock has been stagnant for over 10 years
    Missed the boat on recent wave of innovation (phones, tablets)
    Career opportunities limited if not in product groups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reorgs are disruptive. Build an org and stick to it for a couple of years.
    The MS Health plan was a major factor in attracting talent. The new HSA sucks and will have an adverse effect on recruitment.
    Admit to failures as well as celebratin the successes. We gnerally had to find out about things such as the Kin and aQuantive fiascos in the press.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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