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

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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.

Advice to Management

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?

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Easy tech job, well paying

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Microsoft is fairly easy work-wise compared to other tech companies in the sector. If you're looking to have a life and get a pretty good paycheck, you should work here. If you want to make huge blazing changes in the industry, don't bother unless you are very senior -- too large of a company to make any real change

    Cons

    Due to its size, there's a lot of employee redundancy and bloat. Too much red tape and working with multiple teams to get very simple tasks completed. Your manager will make or break you here - be sure you get a good one.

    Advice to Management

    Align senior exec incentives to things like innovation and creativity, constantly measuring performance with scorecards is a waste of time and doesn't bring us any closer to coming up with new ideas


  2. Excellent company to work for!!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Service Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Service Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Career Opportunities Compensation & Benefits Work/Life Balance Senior Management Culture & Values

    Cons

    Extreme and Agressive competition Challenging environment


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