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Working at Microsoft was engaging and rewarding because of the great people and work environment.

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

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Build products that millions of users use everyday.
Work with great coworkers that are smart and dedicated.
Great work environment. Employees are well taken care of.

Cons

Big Company
Can be slow moving sometimes
Too many meetings
Politics
Stack ranking created a bad work environment in a lot of cases. (They have recently gotten ride of stack ranking)

Advice to Management

Improve manager and lead training. Managers and leads go through very little required training. It seems like the best developers are rewarded by moving them into management which does not make sense in a lot of cases. I think Microsoft build a program to discover employees that would make great managers.
Most managers that I had at Microsoft did not spend enough time on providing actionable feedback. Most of the feed back was provided and then we moved onto our tasks.

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  1. Good company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, decent benefits and package

    Cons

    Some red tape which can be reduced, not very agile


  2. Helpful (1)

    Very political, but also full of very great people and opportunities.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay and supportive culture

    Cons

    Politics can get the better of you sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing the One Microsoft initiative. Fight for your retail side, and figure out how to dovetail it with the LARS it competes with.


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