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"Challenging, rewarding, great people and great company"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Flexible work hours. Great benefits (health, dental, 401k, gym membership, free soda/juice/coffee/tea, Prime Card discounts to many local businesses). Challenging work that literally affects 100's of millions of customers. Competitive compensation. Microsoft has a product for just about any area of technology you may be interested in.

Cons

Reviewed compared to your peers. Doesn't matter how well you do if your peers do more/better.
It rains a lot in Seattle and is dark a lot in Winter. Limited scope in many SDE/SDET positions. You own your features and can get pigeon-holed into your technology.

Advice to Management

I feel the company is headed in the right direction with its products. I don't like the recent changes to Health Insurance and the new compensation model.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Once great company becomes more cutthroat by the day...."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented people
    Great resources
    Good benefits (used to be great, but recent changes make them in line with industry)

    Cons

    Review system is inane
    Leadership lives in a bubble
    Once collaborative environment now more focused on zero sum one upmanship

    Advice to Management

    Scrap the current review system. It's demotivating. Spend time outside of Redmond to see how the rest of the world views our business model. Be proactive, not reactive.


  2. "Microsoft 2013"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    1. You can design, code products that are used in large scale
    2. Smart and talented peers.
    3. Good perks and benefits

    Cons

    1. Too many processes to deal with
    2. Manager is God when it comes to promotions/bonuses
    3. Too much office politics

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