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"Good place to start off as a college graduate"

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Current Contractor - User Experience Designer in Redmond, WA
Current Contractor - User Experience Designer in Redmond, WA
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Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

Pros

Flexible hours and friendly people.

Cons

Lots of work coming in at random times, so it can be a little hard to separate work from social life.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Microsoft is a great company to work for"

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    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart colleagues;
     Lots of exposure to world class technology;
    Most people have their own office;
    Career Growth room is also good, can go either management or higher technical position;

    Cons

    Office potitics is heavy sometimes;
    Female employees are proportional fewer;
    Bottom-up innovation is hard.

    Advice to Management

    When going to global market, can use more inside talents


  2. "Still an amazing company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programming Writer/Technical Lead in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Programming Writer/Technical Lead in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with some of the best and brightest people anywhere. Do meaningful work which if done excellently has a positive impact on almost every computer user in the world.

    Cons

    Most managers are great, however Microsoft's move up or move out strategy is flawed in that it takes great technical contributors and moves them up even if they lack the aptitude to work at that level.

    Advice to Management

    The up or out approach is very flawed. It has lead to some wonderful managers and some real stinkers. It has also turned some truly excellent technical contributors into some very poor managers. And cost excellent technical contributors who were "moved out" since they did not meet the bar to move up. The culture of Microsoft in 90's was the best work environment I have ever seen. The change over the following decade was remarkable. Many excellent people remain. The products remain the best. It is not "over" for the company as some pundits have claimed. But upper management would do well to consider past wins and what company culture and what personnel achieved them and see what they can do to return to that place.


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