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good place to work

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
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 (3)

    Come for the prestige, stay for the benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft has a huge product portfolio, so if you've grown tired of one product group (say, Word) then you can transfer to another one and still get to keep your benefits, seniority, etc.

    Also, the benefits are awesome. The only way you'll find better benefits package is to become a United States Senator or the CEO of a bank that's too big to fail.

    Cons

    Once you get into a discipline, you pretty much pigeonholed for life. So, anyone telling you to interview as an SDET to get your foot in the door either hates you or doesn't know what he/she is talking about.

    Also, we're very big on politics here. Technical skills will only get you so far.

    Advice to Management

    Give your reports a chance to grow.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great company, but "big and slow"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, lots of resources, decent pay, and great benefits. You get to work with software solutions and services that everyone knows.

    Cons

    The measurement of success for everyone is performance against their individual commitments; this puts focus on the individual's performance and not on teamwork or group performance. At best there is no reward or recognition for helping someone else meet their goals, and at worst the system can create outright competition between individuals or groups.

    Advice to Management

    Developing software as a service and moving to the cloud is spot on. Really need to create more flexibility and be able to mobilize faster to develop solutions that competion is consistently beating you to.


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