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Mixed reviews, but the benefits are great while they last

Business Analyst (Former Employee)
Redmond, WA

Pros- Healthcare covered 100% for you & your spouse (although this will be ending soon )
- Free shuttles available only to full-time employees
- Free high-end gym membership (not your ordinary 24 Hour Fitness)
- Very competitive pay within the region
- Generous discounts on MS software
- Free Prime card that gives 2 for 1 discounts at many restaurants
- Company library filled with valuable resources at your disposal
- Prestigious reputation in Seattle
- Filled with smart people

Cons- Focus on Business software is not the most interesting field
- Fairly political
- Flat org structure
- Not a lot of collaboration, forced to learn things on your own
- Type A personalities can sometimes lead to heated/uncomfortable work environment
- "Commons" cafeteria has a lot to offer, but lunch can be very expensive

Advice to Senior ManagementShould've bit the bullet and kept the 100% healthcare coverage. Free healthcare is such a huge perk and you'll see a mass exodus when this policy changes. The Silicon Valley companies can offer warm weather & "cool work," so you need to differentiate yourself somehow to remain competitive when challenging for talent.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good starting place to work after college

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    Bellevue, WA

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


    Pros: Lot of different fields Great benefits Smart peers & managers interested in… Cons: Major portion of the company is still in waterfall model Slow… Advice to Senior Management: Be objective on what is expected of employees & direct… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Great employer, but not a high-flying market leader

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    Seattle, WA

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


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