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Comfortable, but can be boring.

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bellevue, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Bring some passion back into the game, trim the fat


  2. Helpful (1)

    Stable company with lack luster leadership

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable company, good work life balance and ok pay

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and sluggish. Lots of politics.


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