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Great place to work

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

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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    Fast paced business with lots of resources driving for integrity and market share

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    Former Employee - Technical Lead
    Former Employee - Technical Lead

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The company puts a lot of effort into making sure the employee is trained in all the necessary training that drives positive company image, integrity and business success.
    The environment is positive and they offer free drinks and great lunch options.

    Cons

    It is very easy to get sucked into "Microsoft is the best and only solution", while there are many solutions that other companies have that are really really good.
    Microsoft is a very big organization and the entire org does not turn on a dime anymore. However, things to change quickly when leadership pushes the company in one direction or another. In 4 years I had 8 different offices in 5 different buildings.
    The review system pits you against your peers in a way that creates unhealthy competition at times.

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    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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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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