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Learned a lot, decent compensation. Sometimes infuriating.

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

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

Pros

In the right team you'll work with great people and learn all the time. Microsoft is involved in a huge number of different products and roles, and mobility within the company is normally fairly easy. It can actually be a great place to learn new skills - after you've built a track record of success people will give you a try at things you probably wouldn't have been hired into directly.

Cons

In the wrong team you'll work against great people and make each other dumber. Don't expect your management to help you find a good fit - it just isn't something the company is good at. You need to manage your own career. Keep shopping yourself around. Don't get stale.

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    Old culture is battling new culture and the casualties are piling up.

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Awesome atmosphere and overall great company. Hoping the new CEO will free things up across groups to allow unhindered and less political work to get done.

    Cons

    Politics kill innovation and motivation for lots of employees. The old CEO way of doing things was to pit teams doing similar work against each other so that the best and brightest idea rose to the surface. This often frustrated more creative and introspective types and skewed loyalty to whoever could hold up the brightest "glowing orb" to the leadership. This leads to teams that don't actively accomplish much but talk a lot about doing everything in order to make it look their job is worth keeping around. Meanwhile, the people who are actually accomplishing and solving real day to day business needs are left in the dust to try and justify the work they do. It is a real poisonous atmosphere at times and erodes morale.

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    Less talk. More real work.

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    Overall, Microsoft is a great place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people to work with at Microsoft.

    Cons

    Executive leadership often makes decisions without understanding the full impact on all levels of the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your long time high performing employees, no matter what their level or title. They all have contributed to making Microsoft successful in some way. Microsoft should view these dedicated employees as an investment. When you replace them with cheaper inexperienced people you are wasting those years that the company has invested, all to save a few bucks. What a shame.

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