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Excellent Company to work for

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

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

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

Pros

The benefits are amazing at Microsoft, and are not something you will find anywhere else. Annual reviews make sense and correlate with the goals you set with your manager. surprises are a rare occurrence. Growth opportunities are endless.

Cons

Each business group is different so you can run into politics. Policies don't always make sense, or appear to be unnecessary red tape. Because each business group is different, there can be communication barriers between each of them. This isn't always the case and can certainly be overcome, but it is present as in any other company.

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  1. the most significant, stable application development company in the world

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Develops the most significant applications in the world.
    - Re-invented their design with a fresh, simple, clean interface.
    - Tackles big, tough problems.
    - Recognizes and values technical contributions of their employees.

    Cons

    - Struggling and falling behind the competition in markets for Internet services and devices.
    - Disconnect between Redmond and the customer.
    - Many projects are very complex and their interface is not simple or abstract enough for the user.
    - Does not play well with others.


  2. Helpful (5)

    The only thing good is the money

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Director
    Former Employee - Marketing Director

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft pays very well - at least at first. There are not other pros.

    Cons

    Culture - one of the most poisonous working environments I have ever encountered. Highly political. Completely NON transparent. Wasteful. And very UNproductive.
    Opportunity - almost none. Research and some of the engineering teams get to work on cools things but there is fat chance they will ever see the light of day. Everyone else is working on propping up the stinking edifice.
    Job satisfaction. None.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of stack ranking. Fire every single person at the VP and GM level and make them prove they actually did something positive if they want their job back.


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