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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 for more than 10 years

Pros

Great Benefits and many opportunities

Cons

Annual Review system is terrible.

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Negative Outlook
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    It was the right place for me for a long time

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Smart people, mostly good intentions, and people use the products all over the world. Exceptionally profitable and always trying to add to their product portfolio

    Cons

    Frequent re-orgs mean your work may never see the light of day. Also takes a long time for changes to happen. The large size of the company also means your impact is only going to be so much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work better together to achieve the company's goals and less about protecting fiefdoms

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A dystopic G-rated place of productivity/familyland balance.

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    Former Employee - Designer  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Designer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    + The full time employee FTE benefits (medical/dental/legal/gym/employer match/commute-options.)
    + Career advancement opportunities and merits.
    + Competitive salaries
    + Microsoft Prime / Free orca card
    + Prestige
    + Great places for people who want to work smart / hard / perpetually

    Cons

    - A good or bad manager can make or break your career.
    - Get used to re-orgs shaking up your ant-farm empire of success.
    - Time consuming enough to have cookie cutter time for raising a Microsoft family, driving your SUV, taking DSLR pictures of your trip to Paraguay and talking about your kid's shingles on corporate email threads while justifying your alcoholic tendencies.
    - not often, or in all circumstances but FTEs treat CSGs as "lesser thans"
    - as loyal as you are to them, you need to pace yourself because you may fly too close to the sun,
    - Little creativity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink your bell curves of merit increases.
    Good people get cut for ridiculous management reasons.
    Build a better safety net for those who work hard and reward loyalty with dignity.

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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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