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Good Learning Ground

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Former Employee - Senior Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Senior Manager in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

A good place to start off your career in that you can get exposure to a lot of different products/groups. Excellent health benefit package and gym benefits.

Cons

Extremely political and not very innovative. Work life balance is a struggle on most teams/organizations. While there are some good pockets within the company, constant re-orgs create too much churn.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

lose the stack ranking system and political based re-orgs

Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
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    WIndows phone specific

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft is large and stable. Windows phone is a new product with potential

    Cons

    Windows phone is very political and certain groups within windows phone more so. Lots of emails and noise. too much rat race stuff like send more emails and ppts to be visible. Not much flexibility in certain groups. Do what your boss tells ya or suffer the consequences. Stack ranking review system causes people to sometimes worry about themselves and also causes good employees to fall in low ratings. You cannot move groups within microsoft if you have a low rating so if for some reason your manager doesnt like you and gave you a bad rating, you are stuck with him or you quit the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Great work environment!

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    Former Intern - User Experience Designer in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - User Experience Designer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Proactive people, supportive to interns! The movie night was great, too.. The university coordinators are friendly and helpful! :) The shuttle system is extremely good.

    Cons

    The conference rooms are always booked.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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