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Great people working to make massive shift happen quickly

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - General Manager
Current Employee - General Manager

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

Pros

I love the opportunity to work with some of the smartest people around - I do lots of work overseas and our local hires in key markets represent the very best talent, hands-down.

The ability to do my work when/where I am best able to be productive - in over 10 years at the company, I've never been asked, "where are you?" or "why aren't you here in the office?". At the same time, people don't abuse the privilege and there's plenty of opportunity to collaborate face-to-face.

Benefits are incredibly generous, even with recent cost-sharing on health insurance

Cons

The size of the company requires everyone to maintain vigilance on staying nimble and fast moving, while finding opportunities to simplify our approaches, wherever possible.

Microsoft continues to be a very Redmond-centric company, despite decades of global growth.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Identify CEO's successor and lock on future strategy as quickly as possible

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    World-class learning and personal growth experience, though very political.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staffing Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Staffing Consultant in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get to work alongside some of the most intelligent, driven, passionate people in the world. By working with people smarter and better than you, you naturally improve. It's like playing jazz with musicians who are better than you.

    Cons

    Lots of politics, and the forced curve. The forced curve is going out the door, but so are annual review scores, which goes back to the political aspect of the company. You'll have to be able to play the game, and well, to get ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep your head out of the bubble surrounding you, keep focused on the bigger picture and don't let relationships get in the way of good decision-making.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    The best business/technology experience I ever had.

    Former Employee - Internship in Crystal City, VA
    Former Employee - Internship in Crystal City, VA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great community
    Nice coworkers
    Nice environment
    Great experience
    Love it

    Cons

    The coffee maker runs out of coffee sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No need to

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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