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  1. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    software developer

    Jun 21, 2016 - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great benefits. Microsoft values its employees. The culture also shifted in recent years from super individual competitor to making others successful and team work which reduced stress level at work to low.

    Cons

    Lost of re organizations in the company. Employees have a different manager each year in average. Still trying to figure out how to be dynamic and swift in changing markets, customer needs/desires.

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  1. 5.0
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    Jul 5, 2022 - Recruiter 
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great Company and friendly people.

    Cons

    More work and life balance

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Thoughts after 10 years....

    Jan 28, 2013 - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop. 2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice. 3. Even with it's struggles MSFT is still a cash printing machine. This means if you can keep your nose clean and do reasonable work, you can have a stable job, pay your bills, feed your family, and not worry (too much) about layoffs. The stock you own likely won't tank, but probably won't go up much either. You'll get a bonus each year and some stock. It's a decent life if you aren't looking to light the world on fire.

    Cons

    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies. Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand out" and move up in the company. Don't expect your manager to be much of an advocate or enabler to help you meet your career goals - they are basically trying to survive the stack rank every year too. Not familiar with the stack rank? Check out the 2012 Vanity Fair article called "Microsoft's Lost Decade".

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