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It's about who you know, not what you know.

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Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Benefits and Pay were high for the Seattle area.
Good work life balance once you got into the flow of your role.
Some good managers and team members.
Good time-off policy.
If you know the senior people you will be in good standing - it all about your manager.

Cons

You never really own anything.
Managers constantly and roles are consistnantly changing.
if you don't have a good manager, you will not do well at MSFT.
Update your commitments and stay true to what you are doing - if not, you will be dinged!
Expectations are made without communicating.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Find the right talent and let people setup to help to lead. There are some amazing people that are doing work they did other places 10 years ago!

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Approves of CEO

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    An innovative and employee friendly company!

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    Former Employee - Usability/Playtest Coordinator in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Usability/Playtest Coordinator in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employees are given the freedom to grow and learn more skills as well as advance in their career. Microsoft is always on the cutting edge of technology so the work environment is constantly changing to accommodate growth. It was a privilege and an honor to have the opportunity to work for such a highly regarded company.

    Cons

    There are so many others competing for the chance to work at Microsoft, it is more difficult to find permanent employment there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps, consider contract employees who go above and beyond job requirements to show their dedication to their job and the best interest of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Easy to do if you prefer not to work

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    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    People who are super smart and driven. An exclusive enclave of engineering folks, always challenging each other to improve. Of course, it takes time to find any diversity and as a female director you will be isolated.

    Cons

    Mid and upper levels have no clue what is going on and spend all their time in meetings. Building PowerPoint slides, discussing them endlessly, and debating the meaning of words. Meanwhile, decisions are made and pushed forward without first understanding the full impact, which thrashes all the people who actually perform real (non PowerPoint) work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop patting each other on the back and kidding each other. Eliminate managers and find out what's really going on.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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