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Very stable, great place to grow yet coast.

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Great benefits (salary, insurance, perks)
Lots of seasoned developers and leads to work with and learn from

Cons

Microsoft is a machine. There are tons of people at the company, and it's sometimes hard to feel like you've made an individual impact. Career growth is possible but you have to align heavily with your manager. Don't get too attached to any of your products because all of the higher ups are good at playing the alignment game. They will turn on a dime and leave you wondering why you wrote all that code for the past 6 months.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Nothing. What Microsoft does works for Microsoft. It's up to the individual to understand this process and choose if it's right for them.

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  1. Exciting work and great people, but only if you are in the right BU

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people. Solving large scale problems. Great office facilities.. One big MS family. Dog food the latest tech. Getting Windows Surface tablet. Multi vertical business company

    Cons

    Cross core and cross country teams not always get along. Some projects are so big that you get partial ownership which can affect your work. You could get stuck in their tech stack and not move on to other things later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing most things right. But when something goes wrong, mitigate it well in time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Great large company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome benefits.
    Good work/life balance.
    Interesting problems to work on.
    Lots of team activities, movie screenings, etc.

    Cons

    It's big, they do a good job trying to keep the hierarchy flat, but you definitely need to play some politics to move up.
    Marketing ads are often painful to watch. Annoying to have a good product then have marking ruin it with a poorly written commercial/campaign.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of promotions seem to depend on how good a lead is at arguing for directs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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