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Former Employee - Intern  in  Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

Working at Microsoft gives great benefits, a great work atmosphere, and great technology to work on in a wonderful climate.

Cons

Being a large company could present downsides against innovation and having power in expressing your ideas. Microsoft does a lot to address solutions to overcoming its big company atmosphere.

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Microsoft has great products but they are sometimes not marketed well. Much has been done in this area over the past years, but this work could be continued.

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    Current Employee - Computer Programmer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Computer Programmer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Work life balance was great... They never forced you to work overtime... 40 hour work week was all that was needed and it was not held against you for promotions.

    Cons

    Commute to NYC was brutal during rush hour both ways. Recommend taking the train. Some senior managers are not that knowledgeable about all aspects of who they manage.

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    Hopefully management can read this right now. I hope they get smarter because they are really ignorant to the needs of lower level associates.

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Bleeding edge technology. If you happen to land in the right right spot, it's really fun to work on a new API or library that other developers will use. Health care coverage - up through 2013. After that it's going to be much more expensive.

    Cons

    I started working at MSFT at the end of the "gold rush" - mid '90s. At that time if you worked there say 7 to 10 years you were rich and you were retiring - gone to the French Riveria or someplace. With MSFT stock still less than 50% what it was 11 years ago, everyone now must work longer - years longer.
    The company thrives on new college hires. Fresh, bright, eager, talented 20 somethings from the top CS programs in the world. They come in ready to continue a 60 to 80 hr work week that's much like the quarter system at the university. Lots of papers, projects, mid-terms and finals. Here they are called milestones. Finals are called reviews. As long as you can maintain this continual "grad school death march" you are fine. Once you've put on a few years and pass 40 years old. This pace starts to take a toll on you. In fact, you don't really see too many employees here past the age of 40. You rarely see a person over 50.
    There's a ladder system of levels and an upward slope. As long as you can maintain a good pace and advance climbing the ladder at a reasonable speed you're fine. There comes a time when you pass 40 years old that you reach your personal maximum level. The company career process is not equipped to deal with that. If you "level out" on your climb and it looks like you won't reach the next rung on the ladder, then you start being treated like dead wood. There's no place for a jouneyman engineer at MSFT. They only respect and understand the early stages of an employees life from 20 something to retirement age. This company is not a safe place to work for older employees.

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    The first word in "Human Resources" is human. These are people with lives, families, and reponsibilities. Everyone has different styles of learning and working. A team takes some time to gel and for all the people to get to know each other and fall into a groove. Somewhere on the order of a year. Constant reorgs means teams are always unsettled and never quite coming together. Get a clue.

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