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Well balanced for life, interesting work, but not sure of the company's vision

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Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

At Microsoft you work on products that are used by many people, and it's a huge rush to know that your code will be used millions of times. Work-life balance is better than any of my friends that work in similar roles at different companies. The pay is competitive, and the medical benefits until recently were best of the bunch.

Cons

You are working for the evil empire, assimilated by the borg, however you want to be told you've sold out you're probably going to hear it. Microsoft has a pretty bad rep, especially amongst the CSci crowd. Sometimes you might not agree with the direction the company seems to be moving in.

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No opinion of CEO

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    Meh

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great name on resume, get free stuff

    Cons

    Leadership not qualified to lead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very unprofessional leadership team

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    The best and the worst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Availability of resources, from technical training, to ergonomic furniture and everything in between. Ample free parking (kind of running short in various buildings in Redmond) and free coffee and pop. Good pay. Medical benefits used to be good prior to 2013, but not anymore.

    Cons

    Probably the world's worst employee rating and review system. You can't just be happy with your job and do that really well -- they want you to move up the chain or they'll cut you out. It is a dictatorial company, where information and instructions always goes downstream to the subordinates, but any improvement ideas never make it up the chain and are usually terminated at your immediate manager level. Microsoft management in general have very fragile egos (probably due to their nerdy nature) and will only promote those who kiss up to them (by promote I mean give them good rating at review time). Medical benefit is no longer a magnate to bring engineers to Microsoft as it kind of sucks for people who are not in perfect shape. Microsoft lays off large number of people and entire groups occasionally and the last large layoff was really targeted at the older employees (40-45 plus) probably due to insurance cost savings, so don't consider a Microsoft job as a safe job by any means. Management never want to hear real concerns. They shut you down at your team level and don't allow true feelings find their way up the chain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to what you used to do in the early 2000's. Your decision making with the products, direction of the company, and the treatment of your employees is bringing Microsoft down to a point of collapse.

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