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Good work life balance great benefits

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Current Employee - Lead Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Lead Program Manager in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

Many intresting technologies
Lots of smart pepole
Good work life balance
Great benafits, great health benafit, 401K match, matching of donations to many organization, company store, etc.

Cons

Too many competing products
Beyond window lack of focus and clear direction
Trying to be best in everything SW
Too much legal involvement, can't use any external SW in the products
Too many reorgs

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Beyond window get more focus and clear direction
Stop trying to be best in everything SW

Recommends
Disapproves of CEO
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    need bill gates back

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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