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Easy tech job, well paying

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Excellent company to work for!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Service Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Service Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Extreme and Agressive competition
    Challenging environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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