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Mixed reviews, but the benefits are great while they last

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Business Analyst in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Business Analyst in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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 Management

Should'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.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Microsoft is a great place to work

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the best and brightest on the newest technologizes. You are always challenged and learning new things. If you are bored it's your own fault.

    Cons

    It is a very fast paced, competative and demanding environment. It can be very difficult for some people to thrive in this type of environment.

    Advice to Management

    The emphasis on competition can be counter-productive. Very good people wind up getting lower review scores to make the curve work.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Great culture and innumerable opportunities!!

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing environment, great benefits, smart folks, endless opportunities, technology heaven!!

    Cons

    The stack ranking system puts unnecessary pressure.
    Some jobs appear redundant.
    Too many office moves seem wasteful.

    Advice to Management

    If there was a good performance measurement system then a forced stack ranking wouldn't be necessary. Poor performers would be fired and good performers wouldn't be forced out of their jobs.

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