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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

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

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    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
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    5+ years there, mostly a waste of time building subpar products

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    Current Employee - Prncipal Engineer
    Current Employee - Prncipal Engineer

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

    Pros

    * good medical coverage, but is getting worse each year.
    * good work life balance.
    * Wonderful brand name due to Bill Gates' charity work, but is being squandered away by the current management team.

    Cons

    * Bad annual performance rating system, plagued with wide spread cronyism to the absurd extent.
    * Little to no higher level management direction. Lots of turf fighting.
    * Subpar culture -> subpar products
    * Shallow technical depth in certain hardware divisions.
    * Copied all the confidentiality stuff from Apple, but just failed to learn anything from Apple on how to build a great product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Badly need a shakeup from top to bottom and do it as soon and thoroughly as possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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