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Love working at Microsoft!

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

I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (more than 3 years)

Pros

Working with great people is amazingly creative! You get pushed and you do your best because of it! If you don't like being pushed to work hard, achieve and work as a team to do amazing things, don't work here!

Cons

The hours are incredibly long, stressful, and if you aren't in the top 50% or so you will get pushed out after a couple of years. There is some back stabbing so you have to watch out for that!

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Fast paced, enthusiastic employees, pampered benefits, tough testing

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing, including health, life, 401, shuttle, meal cards. The work is good, fast, and the co-workers are enthusiastic. The campus is beautiful and Seattle is a fun city. Oh, also, the pay is amazing.

    Cons

    The job can sometimes move fast, and standing out can be difficult amidst the clutter. This job is software development and systems engineering, not theory or science.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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 (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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