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15 years of planning and strategy

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

there are great people to work with.
they give you good resources
there is decent pay incentives

Cons

Very competitive
A culture that you have to be seen...so have to be in the office
Not decision driven

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Your folks know what needs to be done. Let them go and do it.
Redo your bell curve to make sure to include cooperation and support.

Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's what you make of it

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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