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Great HR, Benefits, People and Programs

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Product Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Product Manager in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

People - most are smart, accessible and down-to-earth
Benefits & Environment - stable, comfortable, nurturing
Work-Life Balance - excellent
Programs - some excellent executive/education programs (including MACH for new grad hires)
Office - cafes, central commons, nice campus, beautiful greater Seattle scenery

Cons

Meetings & Hierarchy - as with many big companies, there can be a culture of too many meetings or needing buy-in for many people/groups, which slows down projects and product development (esp. unhelpful for tech)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Help out any way you can to facilitate red tape/buy-in around projects for subordinates. Having to move slowly or navigate too much bureaucracy can hurt motivation/output of junior employees

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Great Place to Work - but YMMV

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    1. Good name on Resume
    2. Flexibility
    3. Work Life Balance

    Cons

    1. Politics
    2. Lack of vision

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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