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Great company to work for

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  • 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 for 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very Political

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice campus, individual offices, perks, smart coworkers, excellent work life balance

    Cons

    Slow release cycle, product decisions often made by group consensus which makes the product less interesting. Product roadmap often reactionary to industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Calibration process is forcing unhealthy competition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for 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
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