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Current Employee - Operations Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Operations Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Good pay. Interesting technology. Telecommuting opportunities. Several locations around the world.

Cons

Unfair stack ranking forces managers to make someone fail. Health benefits no longer the best, now high deductibles.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Exciting yet stable company that has tons of great yet honest people"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    lots of smart people. lots of different opportunities. great pay.

    Cons

    slow move but then again with 100K employees, that's expected.


  2. "Good for the first 4-5 years, afterwords look elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * The people you work with are typically A game people who know their stuff
    * Decent benefits
    * Beverage service has a lot of variety
    * Morale events are usually pretty decent
    * No cubicle farms--you have your own office
    * VPN access means it's possible to work remotely

    Cons

    * Review process canibalizes way too much, is pretty pointless (rankings are established long before the "formal review") and is destructive to the product groups
    * Other engineers are not afraid to throw you under the bus to get ahead--things can get very cut throat
    * A LOT of reinventing the wheel goes on, and teams are too afraid to look to external companies for solutions/tools
    * Health insurance is no longer the best in the world

    Advice to Management

    * You need to scrap the current review process--stack ranking also causes you to lose too many good engineers
    * Don't be myopic when it comes to finding technologies to solve problems

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