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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)

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great company and many opportunities for growth

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    Current Employee - Account Technology Specialist (ATS)
    Current Employee - Account Technology Specialist (ATS)

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

    Pros

    You can excel as an Individual Contributor or Leadership.
    Benefits are still very decent.
    Changes to performance review model

    Cons

    Not a con but it remains to be seen how the performance review model is changed. We hope it is for the better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get more involved with the field. Better integrate with customers, listen to their feedback and act fast.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Very political, but also full of very great people and opportunities.

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    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 an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay and supportive culture

    Cons

    Politics can get the better of you sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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