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Gratifying, at times frustrating, under-appreciated company for how good it is to work here.

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Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

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

Pros

Complex and meaningful challenges to work on.
Smart people.
Solid benefits (especially health - even after introducing copays in 2013), with great pay.
Respect of work-life balance (mostly).
Great resources -- e.g., almost any research you want, any time. Company enriches your time with them. Comfortable, friendly work environment.
Diversity/minorities valued.

Cons

1) Experience tends to be fairly manager-specific. Unfortunately managers do *not* seem to get much course correction if they don't manage well, and most people end up rotating to other teams.
2) Decision-making and course-commitment is fairly challenging. Analysis and feedback can continue unchecked with no specific outcome (or accountability for stalling the process). This leaves smart people disillusioned and jaded.

Note: Culture can vary from division to division. Xbox group is rumored to be quite good.

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Balancing my Pros against Cons: we have supplied a great place to work, contribute and build experience...only so people can find other jobs. How can we do a better job to make Microsoft an employer of active choice, especially for the hottest talent?

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No opinion of CEO
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    Good place to learn your trade

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Well structured, competitive remuneration, stead progression possible. Top performers very well compensated.

    Cons

    Politics, somewhat cut throat review system.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Some of the best people I worked with. But also some of the more misguided products I worked on.

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

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

    Pros

    great people (but not always)
    plenty of products (but not always an opportunity to work on what you like)
    experience
    salary
    Seattle/Bellevue/Redmond area
    learning

    Cons

    progress sometimes is slow due to company/team size
    not always easy to find a good team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt new methodologies to stimulate disruptive products

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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