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Comfortable, but can be boring.

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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)

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

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  1.  

    Great first 10 but last 5 years have been lousy

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    Current Employee - Director PM in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director PM in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Challenging projects, access to technology, overall compensation, benefits

    Cons

    Broken review model, stock performance, inefficient decision making from senior leaders, lack of agility impacting ability to compete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The review model is creating a toxic competive environment that is impacting the company's ability to compete. 10 years ago no one even worried about calibration but now it is all people worry about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company before 2009, down hill from there.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Pre-2009, Microsoft had one of the best benefits packages in the industry.

    Cons

    Company went down hill along with the economy in 2009. Massive layoffs of talented people. Too much of bad designs, poor marketing schemes, ideology, and influence from lower paid management brought in to replace the lost talent after 2009.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink your hiring strategy and take a look at the talent that was let go in 2009.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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