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Takes good care of its employees

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

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Overall good benefits, good compensation. A wide variety of projects to work on makes it easier to learn and grow along the career path.

Cons

Weak leaderships are very common. Lack of visions and planning. They just can't do proper planning and fast pacing at the same time. Although in general there are a wide variety of projects to work on, few innovative ideas to be implemented.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be open minded and do planning with a clear vision.

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Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Good company, average company culture.

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in New York, NY

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Work/life balance is by far the best reason to work for Microsoft. As long as you get your work done, management is very understanding of the necessity of making sure you dedicate the right amount of time and energy to your personal life.

    Cons

    Not so great pay for a company this size, weak culture...can sometimes feel "lonely and not welcoming."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Love/Hate relationship (disclaimer: "Cons" circa 2010)

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

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

    Pros

    - Access to entirely new work/product areas when you get antsy for a change
    - Fair pay
    - Talented workforce
    - Access to anything you need to be successful (work machines, tools, expensive market research, training, legal, etc.)

    Cons

    - By 2010, 40% of time was spent trying to better clarify roles and responsibilities across teams, and sometimes even within teams (side effect of competitive work environment)
    - Related, way too much time focused on internal competition (constant angling for budgets, reviews, pay, promotions) vs. the real, external competition; Teams or even entire projects enjoyed watching each other fail; not only wouldn't offer help, would take steps to cement others' failures; led to very distrustful work environment, even among peers (what should be your everyday friends); people or teams steal each other's ideas without credit being given; etc.
    - GM & VP level leaders don't admit when they see their project failing, don't want to risk losing their budgets and influence, will ride the failed project to its death knowing they will avoid being held accountable (these are the expensive projects that sometimes go public, crash and embarrassingly burn ... most of the people on the project saw it coming all along ...)
    - Clever policy to weed out older people (too many years of service at same salary grade red flags you from getting average or better than average reviews; also red flags you for job transfers within the company ... good things don't come of this; I'm not making this up, they were transparent about this). Newer people may be ok with this ... but someday they will be coming for you (if they don't change this) ! :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Spend more time managing down vs. up
    - Foster culture that REALLY has focus on external competition vs. internal (assignments, work approaches and review actions speak louder than words (there's never a shortage of words on this)
    - Recognize (with real review $ and when applicable, promotions) the people who are team players and care more about the success of MS vs. seeking out personal glory/pay/advancement
    - I'd say fix the review policy, but know changes have been made (good to see an attempt has been made ... hope it works better!)

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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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