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"It's been an amazing ride. So many opportunities to make massive impact on the world of computing."

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

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

Pros

So many different products to choose from equals tons of opportunity to grow your career all within the safety of a single massive company. Great benefits especially for families or folks planning to have kids. Largely up to you to decide what to work on and when to work on it. AMAZING people to work with and learn form.

Cons

Design is largely driven by PM, so if you're not a PM this can be frustrating (this varies greatly depending on team and individuals though, some are wonderful). Depending on team dynamics the review process can be based heavily on politics and popularity rather than quality of work or business impact. Extremely difficult to get high quality designs pushed through into shipping code due to unusually constrained resources for such a RICH company.

Advice to Management

Spend more money on your people! You make BILLIONS... give leads more budget to take their people out for drinks and to kick back. They deserve it. Throw away the forced curve review and actually trust leads to evaluate their people freely, ya know, since they're the ones that actually know them personally. Hire more developers so we can ship products faster and at a higher quality bar.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Awesome place to learn a lot, but be conscious it is a big company."

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

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

    Pros

    Good co-workers to work with
    Great projects
    Good benefits for those with families.
    This is a time of change which also represents opportunities.
    This company has winning in its DNA

    Cons

    Re-orgs non stop
    Commitment to non core businesses
    Although you job may change or you manager or coworkers may change, there is still opportunities to learn a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy, lets move on.


  2. "It's a big company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Even with the latest pullback in benefits Microsoft still offers a very good package.

    Cons

    Headcount is not growing nearly as fast as it once did. As a result promotions are much harder to come by.

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