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experience was great

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

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

Pros

great pay and benefits
lot of smart people around you
free drinks! lots of activity all the time

Cons

location isnt really great unless its the summer
too many processes that prevent one from being agile in some teams
certain departments within are very focused while others lack direction

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Need to stop thinking in archaic terms and technologies, especially senior management. it hinders creativity of young individuals in a lot of ways

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Great opportunity, challenging environment.

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    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to impact at global scale; compensation and benefits; opportunity to do many different jobs within one company; global opportunity.

    Cons

    Frequent and disruptive re-organizations; employee calibration system forces a ranking curve so every year 20% of employees receive a low ranking regardless of their contribution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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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