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Not a bad place to work

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Francisco, CA

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

Benefits were great, surrounded by knowledgeable people who love their job.

Cons

very redmond-centric. Was sometimes difficult to work with Redmond teams on projects. The company is very Redmond-focused. Performance reviews are a pain.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

A lot of things nee to be streamlined.

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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    Microsoft - Good, but too much silo'ing

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Flex time, telecommuting, I had a great manager who understood need for challenges. The division I worked for was an awesome bunch of people who liked to party.

    Cons

    Too much silo'ing, not enough information sharing between teams. Fear of layoffs and merging of IT groups caused people to withold information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recongnize that IT professionals need to be exposed to more than a subset of technologies to remain challenged, and change the silo'ing.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good place to work, but not the great company it used to be

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    Former Employee - Operations Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Operations Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    * Big company means lots of career opportunities.
    * Great benefits program for you and your family.
    * Depending on the Team, work/life balance is possible.
    * Lots of smart people to work with and to compete against.

    Cons

    * Big company means lots of process and/or repetitive process.
    * Loyalty factor is blemished given Microsoft claims economy is impacting them and laid-off strong performing employees with companywide job eliminations. This in turn puts a permanent blemish on their loyalty factor for those working or thinking of working there in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do a better job of promoting all the great products you make. And thank you for finally rebranding with "Bing" instead of "Live Search"! If you can just get rid of the rest of the "Windows Live" branding, you may clear the fog that confuses everyone about your offerings, which includes the employees themselves.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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