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Good government job

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

- Good salary and benefits.
- Good opportunity to learn about how large-scale software is built.
- Puget Sound is a great place to live, very green, beautiful lakes around.
- Good opportunity to learn about code written during the "glory days" that shaped today's history of computing.

Cons

- Very political.
- Unskilled people all over the place, can be frustrating at times.
- Overall people have low morale.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Not much.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Experience depends on your group/division

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Pretty good pay and good benefits. Stability of working for one of world's largest companies. Work with a lot of smart people.

    Cons

    Lots of meetings and lots of talking about things without always a lot of actually doing anything. Job satisfaction varies greatly from group to group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on doing your core goals and business rather than being mediocre at everything. There's tons of room to eliminate unnecessary processes and layers of management that make doing one's job much harder and more time consuming.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    It's a good place to start

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    You work with incredible people most of who have tons of integrity
    Challenging work
    Still changing the world
    Constantly get to work with interesting, innovative, exciting technology

    Cons

    Petty politics
    The yank and rank (stack rank, bell curve) review model
    Incompetent and malicious managers
    Most of the good people have left or are leaving

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If people really are your greatest resource, you really should treat them better and not make them constantly feel like an unnecessary cost to be managed out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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