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Stable company with lack luster leadership

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Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Stable company, good work life balance and ok pay

Cons

Bureaucratic and sluggish. Lots of politics.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Comfortable, but can be boring.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits.
    Large variety of things to work on in the company, but it is hard to get onto the (very few) teams work on new/exciting projects.
    In some groups it is easy to get lazy if you need to for a while.

    Cons

    Nearly all your work will involve lots of legacy code.
    Things move at a very slow pace -- the down time between projects can really drag on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake things up.
    Not everything should be Windows or Office related.
    Developers spend far too little of their time coding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pays well - but overly bureaucratic, too many under-performing employees,

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    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great health benefits - which are going away in 2013
    Good pay, especially stock + bonus once you reach the principal level and beyond
    Lots of interesting projects & technologies available, with interesting scalability problems
    Good career advancement opportunities given how big the organization is, if you want to move into management/leadership roles

    Cons

    Too big, bureaucratic
    Lots of empire building leading to under-performers getting hired for jobs that they are not qualified for
    People who just don't care about what they're building
    If you work in the Silicon Valley office, communication/coordination issue with HQ and frequent traveling up to Redmond

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring some passion back into the game, trim the fat

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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