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"Demanding job but you get to work with some of the most brilliant minds in the industry"

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Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Intelligent co-workers; encouraged to innovate; good benefits, beautiful campus locations

Cons

They promote work-life balance but in words only. The employees who get recognized at all-hands meetings are those who worked 60 hour weeks and never took time off.

Advice to Management

Employees get burned out too soon when they have no life outside of work. If you are going to encourage work-life balance, you need to really mean it.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good company with great employees"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Huge company with broad range of products and services - You will find something in MSFT that you are passionate about
    -Employees are treated well, fairness and equality in workplace, lots of perks
    -There are a lot of bright people here that you can learn from.

    Cons

    -Stack ranking: Forced curves
    -bureaucracy: sometimes you have to work your way to avoid bureaucracy
    -internal politics: personal achievement sometimes becomes more important than customer needs

    Advice to Management

    -Be more visionary


  2. "experience was great"

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    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great pay and benefits
    lot of smart people around you
    free drinks! lots of activity all the time

    Cons

    location isnt really great unless its the summer
    too many processes that prevent one from being agile in some teams
    certain departments within are very focused while others lack direction

    Advice to Management

    Need to stop thinking in archaic terms and technologies, especially senior management. it hinders creativity of young individuals in a lot of ways

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