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Interesting work,

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

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

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

Pros

- Broad set of products to work on
- Mostly smart and driven employees
- Great pay / benefits
- Good flexibility in terms of how to do your job

Cons

- Pockets of bureaucracy (depends a lot on the team)
- Performance review system does not empower managers to do what is right for each employee
- Organizational structure with Dev/Test/PM leaders for each area can lead to conflicting priorities / values

Advice to Management

Overall, I feel the company is moving in a good direction recently. Need to continue to focus on going deeper on fewer products, hold leaders accountable. Fix the review system.

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  1. bell weather of tech industry,,,, still...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Group Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great place to work, top tier smarts, top tier opportunity,

    Cons

    too much politics, competitive review model...

    Advice to Management

    nix the review model

  2. Pretty great company to work for

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Big company with lots of different things going on. Lots of smart people working on so many cutting edge areas, it can be very exciting. Windows 8 seems promissing, so does Win Phone 8. Xbox & Kinnect are awesome. Very interesting to see how O365 will grow from here - should be a big success...

    Cons

    Individual smaller team cultures are diminishing a bit as everything in the company is ending up under Office or Windows and being more tightly integrated. This is compounded by elimination of business owners in favor of the 'functional model.'

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