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"Comfortable, but can be boring."

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Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bellevue, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Good pay, good benefits.
Large variety of things to work on in the company, but it is hard to get onto the (very few) teams work on new/exciting projects.
In some groups it is easy to get lazy if you need to for a while.

Cons

Nearly all your work will involve lots of legacy code.
Things move at a very slow pace -- the down time between projects can really drag on.

Advice to Management

Shake things up.
Not everything should be Windows or Office related.
Developers spend far too little of their time coding.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Networking is Key"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Communication Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Communication Director in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Experience working with Fortune 500 Clients

    Cons

    Limited Work Life Balance - depends on your team/group
    Limited career opportunities outside of sales and technical careers
    Very political - need to network outside your group to get promotion/bonus
    Each team/business units has different set of priorities and goal so hard to partner

    Advice to Management

    Develop process to train new managers
    Communicate clear priorities and vision for the company


  2. "Fantastic place to work."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quality of life, benefits, pay; working with very smart (and nice!) people to solve very interesting problems. Tough to ask much more of "work."

    Cons

    Inherent to working within a large organization is that the number of stakeholders you need to bring into alignment in order to bring an idea from concept to reality is quite large. If selling/proving the desirability, feasibility and viability of your product/idea is not your bag, then large organizations, in particular, are not for you. If, on the other hand, you relish this kind of challenge, and view it as simply another design challenge, then you will do well.

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