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Great place to work with lots of opportunity

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Current Employee - Product Planner in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Product Planner in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Easy to move around and work on different products, learn new skills, etc. Best health benefits I've heard of. Great work life balance - not many people are actually working more than 40 hours/week when it comes down to it.

Cons

The company feels stagnant, the days of stock making millionaires is long gone. Not entrepreneurial at all, you are a number.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop chasing tail lights.

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Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Products are in disrepair. Absent management. Dismal morale. Culture of apathy.

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    Current Contractor - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Wages are high, resources are plentiful, and you will meet a lot of great, very smart people. It is an easy company to get into for building career quickly.

    Cons

    Morale is dismal. Work areas are over-crowded to an extreme and are very loud. Employees are forced to use experimental software and tools, so nothing stays the same for two days in a row. Critical resources fail continually. Managers are not given sufficient authority, time, or resources to manage. Clear instructions are rare. Burn-out rate is high, people leave too frequently for teams to be reliable. The culture is inline with that of tired people that do not feel important: Apathetic, profane, hostile. Lots of drugs and alcohol. Not good for anyone with a family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire your workforce. Give people ownership of their jobs and they will take ownership of your vision. Insist on providing a physical environment that people actually want to be in. Do not allow critical developments to be dependent on experimental software.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Company will never be great again...too much dead weight!

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

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great products and services in their suite.

    Cons

    Has completely lost sight of its original vision and goals. They actively refuse to hire from the outside and instead lean on shuffling their current people around. They hire contractors to do most of the actual work and let their FTE's take all the glory. This is NOT the Microsoft of the 80's. You are better off, if you're talented at a smaller, newer company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Infuse some new talent into your ranks and stop hiring from within constantly. There is so much dead weight to lose! You need outside talent to make this company strong again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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