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Lots of great people, but large company culture and politics

Former Employee - Principal Architect in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Principal Architect in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Great people, great products, can have impact on millions of people

Cons

Culture has changed, lots of politics and beaurocracy and second guessing

Neutral Outlook

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Everything in the 2012 Vanity Fare article was spot on

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Redmond WA, location; large company offers the many opportunities to transfer internally, transportation assistance (eg. dedicated bus service from around the Puget Sound area), supplementation of fitness club or fitness gear

    Cons

    Microsoft has lacked leadership innovation since 2000 and has been playing constant catch-up to Apple, Google and others. Continuous re-orgs make it extremely difficult to have a thoughtful career path. There is a culture of getting ahead by stabbing peers in the back. Everything in the 2012 Vanity Fare article "The Lost Decade" was spot on - good read if you are considering Microsoft to know in advance what you are getting into.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It will be difficult and take years to change the current culture, and it needs to start from the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Challenging, rewarding, great people and great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Great benefits (health, dental, 401k, gym membership, free soda/juice/coffee/tea, Prime Card discounts to many local businesses). Challenging work that literally affects 100's of millions of customers. Competitive compensation. Microsoft has a product for just about any area of technology you may be interested in.

    Cons

    Reviewed compared to your peers. Doesn't matter how well you do if your peers do more/better.
    It rains a lot in Seattle and is dark a lot in Winter. Limited scope in many SDE/SDET positions. You own your features and can get pigeon-holed into your technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel the company is headed in the right direction with its products. I don't like the recent changes to Health Insurance and the new compensation model.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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