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"Good Place to start your career"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

- You have great coworkers to learn from
- Good 401K and health benefits

Cons

- Company is cooling down technologically
- Company is loosing significant amount of talent in mid level and senior bands, while is attracting mostly junior people
- Being a very mature company, promotions are seldom
- Work-life balance has vanished as the company is focused on Services
- Salaries are not adequately indexed with inflation : after 6 years with Microsoft and 3 level up I received a less valuable compensation than a fresh employee out of school with less responsibilities and experience

Advice to Management

- Build an internal culture, the 6 Microsoft core values are all, but forgot
- Improve leadership in the company, having a direct solid communication with the regular employ, thus inspire employees
- Do step-up compensation to be competitive with Amazon, Facebook, Google, and go beyond, thus compensating for decelating overall company speed and grouth
- Do not treat longer time employee as a given
- Attract & retain talent

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Smart & talented people making a difference"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is one of the few corporations where contributing to the world it exists in through community outreach and volunteerism is a way of life. The people at this company care for more than just their paychecks. It's a company of generous people who care about making a difference.

    Cons

    One of the worst review systems ever implemented at Microsoft is responsible for the wide spread lack of creativity, innovation, courage & conviction which has overtaken the company I the past 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you find a CEO who has courage & conviction and who realizes that the greatest asset this company has is found in its people. Steve Ballmer's resignation is good for the company.


  2. "Good government job"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good salary and benefits.
    - Good opportunity to learn about how large-scale software is built.
    - Puget Sound is a great place to live, very green, beautiful lakes around.
    - Good opportunity to learn about code written during the "glory days" that shaped today's history of computing.

    Cons

    - Very political.
    - Unskilled people all over the place, can be frustrating at times.
    - Overall people have low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Not much.

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