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Great place to work

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

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

If you want to solve tough problems and work with an amazing set of people, this is the place to be.

Cons

MS is more like a bunch of companies under a single brand rather than a single company, so opinions vary with whom you ask. Your group and manager will ultimately determine how happy/successful you are.

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    Microsoft was a good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow career and gain strong skills.

    Cons

    Company has lost it's way - no longer innovative.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your customers and engage with them beyond one-sided marketing conversations.

  2. Superb Pay and Benefits

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay and benefits at Microsoft are outstanding. The campus is a great place to work. There are many exciting projects to work on. Under the right circumstances (good department, good manager, good processes), you can really make a difference in customers' lives.

    Cons

    You need to ask around to find out which department/group to work in. Some are more productive than others. If you get a bad one, you can get lost in a political mess.

    Advice to Management

    The review system has got to go. It is a huge waste of 30-50% out of each year. It results in people working on projects for "visibility" and general politicking--most of which make no customer impact whatsoever. I'd come back if it weren't for that.

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