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Intern experience was very positive and great learning opportunity/resume builder

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

Pros

Supportive team, interesting projects to work on. Clear career path/progression. Fun activities outside of work.

Cons

Big company, limited impact overall, sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Lots of politics to do well on reviews from what others told me.

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Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1.  

    Excellent company to work at, with talented people continuously working at improving for the world.

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    There are lots of talented people here, and it's a company that has the resources to support you in achieving your goals. The company also has many, MANY teams that can give you more opportunities than a lifetime if you desire to change things up.

    Cons

    There are many layers of management. Sometimes those management layers will make decisions that completely change the course of your work without ever coming to personally talk to the affected teams about it. This has been the cause of frustration for some extremely talented people.
    There's no free food provided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect more with all the reporting chains below you. Ask them for a perspective from the lower rungs, as well as how your decisions will honestly affect them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Even though they're a large company, they go to great lengths to make it feel small (at least in my part of the company.

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, great support networks, and an increasing desire to innovate. The 2010's are a great time to join the company, both to make substantial impacts to a new strategy, and bring fresh ideas to the table.

    Cons

    Because of the strenuous interview process, the culture thrives off type-A personalities. The environment is extremely competitive, and if you're not a task-oriented go-getter, it can be hard to shine, even if innovating is the company's new focus. There are also cases when young employees, in their new high-responsibility roles, might let the power get to their head a little. However, managers do make an effort to counter this self-centered behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to stress the importance of improving the whole rather than improving the self. Also, informal check-ins can sometimes be more helpful than formal check-ins, as these tend to raise the stakes and make it harder to bring up seemingly small issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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