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"Gratifying, at times frustrating, under-appreciated company for how good it is to work here."

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Complex and meaningful challenges to work on.
Smart people.
Solid benefits (especially health - even after introducing copays in 2013), with great pay.
Respect of work-life balance (mostly).
Great resources -- e.g., almost any research you want, any time. Company enriches your time with them. Comfortable, friendly work environment.
Diversity/minorities valued.

Cons

1) Experience tends to be fairly manager-specific. Unfortunately managers do *not* seem to get much course correction if they don't manage well, and most people end up rotating to other teams.
2) Decision-making and course-commitment is fairly challenging. Analysis and feedback can continue unchecked with no specific outcome (or accountability for stalling the process). This leaves smart people disillusioned and jaded.

Note: Culture can vary from division to division. Xbox group is rumored to be quite good.

Advice to Management

Balancing my Pros against Cons: we have supplied a great place to work, contribute and build experience...only so people can find other jobs. How can we do a better job to make Microsoft an employer of active choice, especially for the hottest talent?

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Overall company is good place to work, experience varies widely from group to group"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, benefits, benefits! Plenty of opportunity for growth if you take advantage. You get out of it what you put into it.

    Cons

    Review structure, frequent reorgs, experience depends on your management.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good base and benefits - But..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Healthcare, Base Salary, flexible work outside the office.

    Cons

    Too big and inefficient, review process results in the loss of very strong employees who had one bad year OR did very well but someone did a little better.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of calibration. Merit based reviews.

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