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Good company to work for freshers and those who are keen for technical roles.

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Former Employee - Systems Engineer
Former Employee - Systems Engineer

Pros

Multi-national and multi-diverse exposure.
First hand usage of technologies
Good employee benefits

Cons

Not a good value proposition if you want to play multiple roles at the same time
Highly process oriented and less flexibility for inventions

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Look at employees as just not resources but contributors to companies success

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    almost 20 years

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

    Pros

    working with super smart folks
    big thinking and ambitious scale
    budgets usually not an issue
    good facilities - food, offices, buildings etc

    Cons

    stack ranking!
    limited upward mobility
    hard to form long lasting relationships amid constant re-orgs & shuffling
    many units moving to cube-style farms
    work-life balance hard to manage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stack ranking system - sounds hypocritical about hiring the best people when the stack ranking essentially condemns 30% a year to the dungeons from a career perspective.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall great experience and learned a ton

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    There are a lot of high quality highly talented people at the company. Being surrounded by a lot of high achievers is inspiring and can bring out your best performance. I made many great friends there that I respect deeply and miss working with.

    You also get to work on huge, epic projects that very few companies in the world can do. It's fun to be a part of that even if it does make you feel like a small cog in a big machine.

    The senior executives are extremely impressive for the most part. Smart, hard working and hold themselves accountable. Yes you can get a bit of ego along with that but I doubt it's any more so than other companies.

    Cons

    As others have written, it can get easy to get lost in such a big company. You really need to take charge of your career path, network and manage upwards. If you do so successfully you can have a nice career trajectory.

    Also, in my opinion, the company is not moving agilely enough to keep up with the pace of changes in the marketplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to move faster and please help the company work together more effectively than get in each others' way.

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    Neutral Outlook
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