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Great Place to Work - but YMMV

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Current Employee - Service Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Service Manager in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Salaries, Benefits, Learning, Opportunities are awesome

Cons

Managers make or break your experience - no consistency across managers management skills, experience, expectations. Micromanagement is common.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Trust your employees, give them space to grow and make opportunities available to internal applicants. Improve WLB not just by talking about it.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
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  1. Ethical work culture, great peers, flexible hours and full of opportunities!

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big challenges
    Ethical work culture
    Friendly peers
    Flexible work hours

    Cons

    Slow growth at work, Less people management opportunities but lot of technical challenges, process oriented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on details and completeness.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

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

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is a place with smart people, good pay and good benefits. It's a respectable technology company (if not a leading one) and there's the potential for growth in broad areas.

    Cons

    In two words: the culture and the management. Performance reviews have been honed to a system that pits people against each other like on Survivor and people do lose their jobs because of it. Management and bureaucracy are stifling due to size and politics. If you're coming from outside Microsoft, their idea of work-life balance will shock you. And at this point, management seems dangerously out of touch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Ballmer, break up the company, lose the review system and let the great people you have actually do what they want rather than sit in meetings and do presentations all the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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