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A very VERY large company with amazing people

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Competitive salaries and stock awards. Great health benefits (although not as good as they used to be, they're still very good and employees pay very little). A hiring philosophy that tries to bring in the brightest and best, resulting in a very smart group of people. I have never worked with a group of people with a higher average IQ. Internal transfers between teams are enabled through tools and policies that encourage this, so you can move around fairly easily.

Cons

It's a big company, and very difficult to impact decisions in a short timeframe. Often decisions made far outside your circle of influence, and without your knowledge, impact your day-to-day job. Many of the products are staid and unexciting, and ship on long cycles. The result is that people who get enjoyment from shipping exciting new software need to get their job satisfaction from other factors. The performance management system encourages competition within a team rather than rewarding a team for great work. Finally, the ship cycles can lead to work/life inbalances that last months, and take a toll on home life.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Create a reward system that encourages TEAMS to pull together (the rising tide that should float all boats).

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Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great with the right team

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Microsoft pretty much cover all aspect of software from cloud, enterprise to consumer.

    Cons

    Difficult to find the right team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Finding the right management & product are key to success

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

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

    Pros

    - diverse company - Microsoft has products and offerings in a number of areas outside the well known flagship products like windows, office or Xbox. There's a lot of interesting work happening in the company

    Cons

    - finding a good management team can be tough, but they do exist.
    - politics between teams that are supposed to be partners. Hopefully the big restructuring will help this.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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