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Still one of the most exciting companies to work for in the high-tech space

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Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

breadth of technologies and markets one can work in, benefits, career potential, overall level/IQ of people working there, etc..

Cons

the curve/stack ranking induce some poor behaviors (some times, not often)
people more focus on saying the right thing that doing the right thing as early as when you get to level 64 or above.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

stop bringing decisions to the top. create separate smaller business units and align compensation on these units' results. not MSFT all-up only.

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Approves of CEO
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  1. Good learning experience

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

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

    Pros

    As a vendor, I worked with a great team that treated both vendors and full timers with respect. Goals and expectations were clear.

    Cons

    Too many meetings. The corporate culture is incredibly meeting happy. My co-workers and I would have to do work during meetings to actually be productive.

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    Upper management can seem detached to what the actual needs of the team are.

  2. Great!

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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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    You have your own office to work (although Microsoft is move to more open space type of enviroment). People are generally nice, Plenty of opportunities to grow and learn. The benefits are awesome. Overall a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Can get Political at a senior level. At times, i get's lost in complexity tring to achive too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve Product Management. Having too many scenario's in a product will development hard, while adding very little value.

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    Disapproves of CEO
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