great insurance, 401 ESPP and vacation
The best thing was the comprehensive coverage for relocation, the housing, and transportation. All generous and appropriate for the area, given the accompanying salary.
Great Package (day after bonus)
The company provides an excellent benefits package
You won't find another benefit package that matches Microsoft!
You get UBI and CBI bonus. UBI is based on the customer billing hours. CBI is based on your commitment and how well you measure against that commitment.
There was nothing wrong with the package - it was amazing.
Microsoft has a competitive salary and bonus range, but their hiring bonus stuck for industry hires is still very lacking.
The comprehensive benefits at Microsoft are great. It was a bit jarring for a family of 4 when the company moved from 100% employer paid health insurance to a Health Savings Plan a few years ago, but the company kicks in $2,500 per year to help cover the deductible. The health club membership, Prime Card discounts, etc. really help save money as well.
standard IT industry benefits package
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