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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 (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).

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    A lot of work, but well paid.

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    Former Intern - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay smart dynamic team.

    Cons

    Very competitive environemnt not conducive to teamwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be less competitive, foster more teamwork.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Has great Culture and diversity

    Cons

    I do not like review

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find new CEO ASAP

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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