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Great HR, Benefits, People and Programs

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  • Senior Management
Former Intern - Product Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Intern - Product Manager in Redmond, WA

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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 Management

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

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  1. Helpful (6)

    Not the company it was.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation, benefits, access to technology.

    Cons

    Almost everything these days is downside. The worst part of the company is its senior management--their strategy and executional ability is terrible. The company has an awful HR culture--no matter what HR represents, everything above level 65 is political and based on the subjective opinion of some inept VP. Great place to start your career. Leave at level 63.

    Advice to Management

    Fire Steve Ballmer, and eliminate stack ranking.


  2. Good place to work

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    1. Politics
    2. Lack of vision


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