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Updated Jul 10, 2014
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

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    Work life Balance to the max

    Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsNote: your experience will change drastically depending on your group AND your boss.
    * Almost family kind of culture with most everyone being around 35-55 yrs age and super friendly.
    * Some very smart individuals some so so
    * Easy to connect with other teams and build a network
    * Can be working with some great bosses and have a nice relaxing career. So identify those people early on.
    * Low chance of ever being fired :)
    * Work for teams that matter ie those who bring in the cash and arent Cost centers

    Cons* Consultants hired by management control the game most of the time so be careful
    * Too big and slow moving
    * Internal IT team tends to be very friendly but they push back like there is no tomorrow
    * Antithesis of lean most of the time

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Its great!

    Design Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsThe work like balance here is the best.

    ConsIt is super hard to get converted to a full time employee

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great please to learn how to write enterprise software

    Lead Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    Pros1.) Great place to work
    2.) Smart People to work with
    3.) Great pay
    4.) Good flex time

    Cons1.) A lot of ingrained culture
    2.) A lot of bureaucracy
    3.) A lot of churn in management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsGreat people to work with

    ConsRed Tape and resistance to change

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdopt agile methodology

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Challenging and satisfying

    Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsChallenging, flexibility and respect for work styles.
    Good place to work for and has great benefits.

    ConsCulture is aggressive and sometimes destructive. People don't help each other, but that is slowly changing with the new ways of the review system. Will take time but there is hope.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awesome place--best of my career

    Director (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsFocus and mission are newly energized. The people are incredibly talented and strive to create value.

    ConsManagement structure not the best to enable people to take risk.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pay is good. Performance Review System is crappy

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsNice people to work with.
    Salaries are competitive.
    Problem space is great.

    ConsThey always keep scaring you about performance, instead of giving freedom to work and nurture progress and efficiency of employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't always think about growing in your career at the expense of other people. You will only stress people out, but not bring the best out of the person, and at end of day it wont be rewarding for you as well.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Starting Pad for Competitive people

    Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    Pros- Great 401K, Stock Options
    - Health Benefits are Still Amazing
    - Lots of Perks and Learning Opportunities

    Cons- Lost in Numbers
    - Expectation to be "Microsoft Fanboys and girls"

    Advice to Senior Management- Try to encourage creativity and new ideas as much as current goals

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company under the right manager

    Program Manager (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    Prosbright people, benefits, serious about company values, global diversity, software discounts

    Conscan have long hours, promotions, managers managing that should not be managers, eliminate forced stack ranking

    Advice to Senior Managementfollow through on promotions despite what reorgs happen

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fantastic in so many ways. Painful in a few.

    Group Program Manager (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsGreat people! Smart and driven. Great benefits - industry leading in the early years, and still good today. Lots of opportunity to shine and grow. Loved doing things that had +ve impact on millions of people (I think its still possible to do that there than at any other tech company)

    ConsInternal politics, siloism, territorial behavior in and between product group sometimes got in the way of the right decisions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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