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good place to work

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

there is flexibility in work hours,
their benefits package is the best in the industry,
get to work with smart people

Cons

more focused on the how than the results
charter issues among teams
too many re-orgs leads to lack of consistency in management

Advice to Management

need bill gates back

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - There are lots of smart people to work with.
    - The separate roles of PM, DEV, and TEST are cool.
    - The technology is very cool.

    Cons

    Sometimes things move a bit slow since it is a large company. Not all of the management is great at giving feedback.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to get a little more structured feedback from managers. Sometimes feedback can be vague, so maybe more training for managers on how to give constructive feedback would be nice.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Come and stay a while! We'll make you into a paycheck-collecting cog no matter how much fire you have in you!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * You get to see how many world-class products are built
    * The salary and benefits are good enough that you don't worry about survival too much
    * Seattle is a great place to live

    Cons

    * Now that Bill Gates is gone, so has the passion
    * A lot of politics to deal with if you want career progression past goon-level
    * The salary and benefits are not the greatest anymore, and getting worse
    * People working there are depressed or manic, and it's contagious
    * Nothing you build today will be as cool as the stuff they used to make in their heyday

    Advice to Management

    Steve Ballmer would be fantastic in charge of sales. As CEO of a software company though he is incompetent. They should bring someone external to replace him in that position (someone who hasn't been corrupted by the rampant nepotism and politics necessary to grow to L65+ in-house nowadays).

    MSFT is still sick (LisaB notwithstanding), and getting sicker.

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