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Great place to start a career

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

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

High 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

Cons

Work/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 ManagementAdvice

DON'T REDUCE HEALTH INSURANCE!!!

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    A challenging place to work and grow in your career.

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    Current Employee - Evangelism Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Evangelism Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    At Microsoft you get to work with a lot of smart people, many smarter than you. The upside is that you are challenged to grow in a lot of different ways.

    Cons

    You need to deal well with ambiguity and find your own way many times. The opportunities are there, but they are not going to be handed to you without effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show that you can make the right decisions for Microsoft's direction. No more Kin failures that are blatantly obvious mistakes.

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager - Finance  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager - Finance in 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 are a lot of really intelligent people with interesting backgrounds & experience
    Diversity - people from all over the world

    Cons

    Limited teamwork - people are rewarded for seeking credit as individuals, not teams. Internal competition is still fostered over teamwork. This creates suboptimal solutons. Even the 'collaboration' award has been awarded to an individual in the past few years.
    Self-promotion is critical to getting a good review - self-promotion is a virtue here; being humble wouldn't be a good career strategy.
    Culture to work fast and avoid input that might slow you down - even if it is input needed to improve the outcome. It is worse to deliver late than it is to deliver badly or to deliver an ineffective solution.
    Lack of effective leaders in many senior positions - success as a technician does not make for success as a leader.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote teamwork, reward teamwork and recognize that better work happens in effective teams.
    Get rid of the current contingent staff model (both a- and v-) which cannot be achieving it's intended benefits. A different strategy for a contractor model could fix current issues.

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