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Good but changing

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Current Employee - Director of Product Marketing in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Director of Product Marketing in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Great access to latest technology, you get all the tools you need.
Excellent challenges, always keeps you busy.
Sounds like a cliché, but you get the chance to work on products used by everyone

Cons

Culture is definitely changing
It's up to you to "manage your career" and find good work-life balance

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
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  1. A great experience, never pass this up.

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    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Working for one of the most successful and innovative companies on the planet! This company has cutting edge technical jobs. Take one asap!

    Cons

    Lots of management politics. To succeed here you must leave your role every 2 years or so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a technical / engineering company again. Too many MBAs and sales people cutting budgets arbitrarily imo.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Company that walks the talk, but you need to understand the politics behind

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great place to work with great benefits
    - Work/life balance may not be ideal, but management is very interested to improve it
    - Stable and complex organization that will certainly provide you great experience
    - Great exit options and great place to build a long-term career

    Cons

    - Unless you understand the politics behind, you are not going to move up quickly
    - Even when you do, most of the opportunities are lateral
    - You are not changing the world, most of the time, you are just making sure it doesn't fall apart

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are a middle manager, help your employees to understand how to be successful--not just by working hard--but by working smarter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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