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Great place to start a career

Software Development Engineer (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

ProsHigh salary, cool technology, genius co-workers, good work/life balance, great work conditions (my own office, 2-3 monitors, multiple top-of-the-line development machines, etc.). Health benefits are AWESOME*!

*for the next 2 years

ConsWork/life balance is highly variable from one team to the next. Seattle is REALLY expensive, so the starting salary is deceptively low if you hope to ever own a home here. A lot of co-workers are really caught up in having money and owning things (lots of BMW's, Porsches, etc.) which might not be your thing.

Advice to Senior ManagementDON'T REDUCE HEALTH INSURANCE!!!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of opportunities if you can tolerate the culture and extreme workloads

    Senior Manager - Finance (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft


    Pros: Microsoft Library - Access to resources - research data, journals, books, studies. Benefits - Medical, stock Smart people - there… Cons: Limited teamwork - people are rewarded for seeking credit as individuals, not teams. Internal competition is still fostered over teamwork. This creates suboptimal solutons.… Advice to Senior Management: Promote teamwork, reward teamwork and recognize that better work happens in effective teams. Get rid of the current contingent staff model (both a-… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Not a bad job if you have a "good" lead/manager

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft


    Pros: 1. Lot of different opportunities within the company 2. Good people resources - lot of smart… Cons: 1. Review process SUCKS. Your promotion is decided mainly by your manager. He needs to be willing to "fight" for you. So, that means, you… Advice to Senior Management: Fix your review process. Otherwise, you are going to lose lot… More
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