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Great company, perks, and benefits

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

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

Pros

Great opportunity for long term growth, strong desire to do what is right and adapt as a company.

Cons

Still some politicking in circles. Some elements of review are more subjective than they should be.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary
    strong people to work with

    Cons

    Big company culture so things slow to get done

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great People, Good Pay, Work/Life balance only ok to poor (but they were working on that as I was leaving).

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Colonias, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Colonias, TX

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    #1. Smart co-workers everywhere, and you'll bond soon enough when "con #1" (below) happens.
    #2. They had started working on Flexible work arrangements and it was working well.
    #3. You will be challenged
    #4. Some great HR and pay polices

    Cons

    #1 Depending on which group you are in, the business cycle is around 3 to 4 years, you will have a very demanding peak period. For Dev it is the "death march" in the last 3 to 6 months (to year) before RTM, for CSS, Premier, and HR it is 3 to 6 months after RTM. - Just learn to ride the wave... whatever cycle your business rides, find it, accept it, and keep your feet underneath you. It will level off in 6 to 9 months.Morale always drops, don't get caught in that wave, it will make your time miserable. Keep your chin up, keep your balance, and you can acctually rise up quickly during the high tide.

    #2 Some really bad HR/Pay policies, as a manager I sometimes found this very restrictive in how I could pay for performance. It went from guideline to policy, and took a lot of control a way from the direct managers. Sometime your review rankings would come back down changed from higher level management, and you would have to switch from a "You've been doing great work" to "You need to step it up", simply because higher management tweaked the budget somewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break out the good stuff! So many great products die before RTM, or sit in R&D untapped. MS had a great video on what life with technology would look like in 2020. I personally think they need to hit that by 2015 or sooner otherwise they will be 5 years behind.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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