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Fantastic Experience

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Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Worked with some of the most intelligent, driven, dedicated people i've ever had the pleasure of working with. Pushed me to grow and get better as a designer, and as a team mate in general.

Cons

Required to give it your all, work long hours and keep up with the competition. Potential for burn-out.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Is not what you think it is

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get the updated software and news on IT updates.

    Cons

    The Company does not care about who they lay-off. Not that many ethnic women or men executives. Does not care about it's support staff.

    Advice to Management

    Step up to show that you care about your support staff. I encourage more ethnic women and men executives. Get a heart and focus more on caring.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Corrupt Plutocracy over-rewards those at the top at the cost of everyone else, including customers

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    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great, and the campus is a beautiful place to work.

    Cons

    Review system is extraordinarily painful, demoralizing and unnecessary. Culture is that all 'real' work is done by vendors, so in order to succeed you have to have skills in finding money to pay for them. Forget anything you've learned about technology -- you'll rarely use it in your real work. Outside employers know this, and it makes it very hard for you to find good work if you ever want to leave -- they want people who do real work, and not overpaid administrators, which your career will quickly become at MSFT. If you are an individual contributor, regardless of your pay scale, when it comes to review time, you are last, meaning you are getting the bonus/stock crumbs from the table. Ballmer's recent re-org only emphasizes the point that the crew at the top have no idea of what is going on down in the trenches, they believe that by moving a few senior execs around that they can fix things. They're wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Leave. Let folks who want to guide a company towards customer respect and employee morale take the wheel.


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