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Great company to work for

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

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

Pros

+ Variety of products (xbox, windows, phone, office, bing, etc) offer broad opportunities
+ Flexible work hours and great benefits
+ Very competitive pay

Cons

+ Image/perception
+ Businesses could leverage each other more
+ Typical politics, but doesn't feel worse than other large companies

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Calibration process is forcing unhealthy competition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    1. Generally good benefits-- medical, dental, health club, PRIME (local attractions) discounts, etc.
    2. Many smart people

    Cons

    1. Review process and calibration curve appears to favor and disfavor employees due to politics
    2. Calibration curve results in limited partnerships/collaboration among peers in same band
    3. My pet peeve: nearly all parking spaces are marked "compact" so SUVs regularly ding my door

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Peer reviews are suspect when the manager requires reviews from peers in the same calibration band. Many employees adopt a "Prisoner's Dilemma" philosophy. You don't want to be in a small, elite group like mine b/c when the bell curve is applied to small groups, these micro curves create an overtly political atmosphere when applied in the absence of hard performance metrics. My group does not have hard performance metrics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience but little career growth

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

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

    Pros

    It is stable, good hours

    Cons

    Very hard to get promoted, lots of red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the review/calibration system.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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