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A nice company to work for

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

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

Pros

Work/Life balance is not bad (but depends on group)
have your own office

Cons

Too many levels of management

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    This is a very good company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Group Manager in North Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Group Manager in North Lauderdale, FL

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

    Pros

    learning new things with the products

    Cons

    there aren't any cons for this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and take in to consideration what the employees are complaining about

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A great place to work if you are savvy about career choices

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft is a huge place and offers many options for individual career paths. Every one truly has the opportunity (but not guarantee) to make an impact that could literally affect hundreds of millions of users around the world. Not many people can say that. The company has also invested in making managers and leaders better, and is very generous when it comes to benefits, stock, bonuses with also competitive base pay. Depending on the role you're in, bonuses can go up significantly, especially in sales roles which are highly leveraged. The more senior levels get significantly more stock based on their reviews. Stock is granted each year based on performance and is doled out over a 5 year vesting period (20% each year). That means that after being in the senior ranks for a few years, significant amounts of stock can be had by high performers.

    Cons

    There's no doubt about it, Microsoft is a competitive place, and intentionally so. If you think you'll stay above the office politics and aren't savvy enough to know how to play the game you run a real risk of being trampled. Unlike some disgruntled folks, I think for the most part the system works, all sizzle and no steak types don't last - but the highest performers tend to be highly effective at what they do, effective collaborators and yes, successful at self promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know its been said a million times, but the forced stack rank is draconian without more flex in the system. It also leads to at times negative behavior that negatively affects the company. Especially at the senior levels, we need people willing to take risks but our current evaluation programs disincentivize risk taking and allow people to make small incremental "safe bets" so as not to rock the boat and take real risks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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