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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

Recommends
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

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

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  1. 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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    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.


  2. Endless work

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

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

    Pros

    Interesting products, lots of bright people

    Cons

    not a place to spend a career

    Advice to Management

    Choose product areas where you want to win and invest appropriately


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