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Mixed reviews, but the benefits are great while they last

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Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Business Analyst in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time

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 ManagementAdvice

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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No opinion of CEO

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    It's what you make of it

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Strategist  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Strategist in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Vast career opportunities - more so in Redmond, but increasingly worldwide

    Cons

    Cross-divisional work is getting better, but still in need of improvement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive agility. Be bold. Think people first.

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    Good starting place to work after college

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    Current Employee - Senior Lead  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Lead in 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 employees career growth
    Good career growth opportunities

    Cons

    Major portion of the company is still in waterfall model
    Slow progress on projects due to bureaucracy
    Review model hinders innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be objective on what is expected of employees & direct each team to work towards profitability.

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    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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