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Brilliant place to work at

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

The pay is good and the job experience enriching

Cons

The graveyard shifts were affecting my health

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    High performing, well appointed, good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy, you are given expectations and provided you are a self starter, are innovative and driven, you should be able to succeed.

    Cons

    Individual contributors need to be aware that the perception of success often falls to you becoming management.
    If you are in the wrong team, you can be disparaged very easily - rumors do fly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Skip levels. Do them, in prior teams they maintained the balance. My last team failed and contributed to my leaving the company after nearly a decade.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Mixed bag of goodies

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    $$$. Salary is less than Facebook or Google, but it's still significantly higher than most places. If you do good work and make sure the right people know about it, you'll be richly rewarded. Almost everyone here is extremely smart, so it keeps you on your toes. I also love having my own office.

    Cons

    Re-orgs. Ugh. Considering the fact that your managers' perception of your work is more important than your actual work (like any other corporate environment), dealing with the constant trauma of re-orgs is disheartening. A pending re-org all but guarantees that you won't get any credit for your short-term work, so if your goal is recognition and high reviews, you have to actively manage your career by finding a manager you like and following him/her through every org change. Also, even though everyone is extremely smart, egos are very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm skeptical about the new review system: It sounds exactly like the old one but now with new vocabulary and less transparency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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