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A very VERY large company with amazing people

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Former Employee - Director  in  Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time for 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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    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    At Microsoft, it is a pleasure to work with some of the smartest software engineers. Employees still feel they can make a positive impact
    IF you want to get good work experience on platform and Enterprise software, this is the place to be

    Cons

    The company is being perceived to be slow in adapting to changing market. It missed the internet revolution, the tablet and now the mobile revolution. There are many areas which the company has invested in but may not be aligned to the vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some risky decisions and embrace disruptive markets

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Not just a software company...

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

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is a very diverse company, dealing with not just software, but hardware as well. From the Logo program to its own peripherals to the Entertainment group (Xbox) to other devices (Surface, Windows Phone), there is something for everyone at MS.

    Cons

    Some groups will work you to the bone, while other groups will offer a better mix of work/life balance. Do your research. YMMV

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Each employee has different values and visions that should be respected.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
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