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"A good place to be, but could be better."

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bellevue, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Great benefits, work/life balance, opportunities for advancement, passionate people

Cons

Lots of reorgs, process heavy

Advice to Management

Less reorgs, please. Every time we change management it seems they want to reorganize which causes a lot of productivity loss and disruption.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place with lot of opportunities.

    Cons

    I will echo others opinions about the demotivating review system.
    Senior management relies on feedback from others to assess ones performance. The first person to complain and offend others in their defense wins.. they don't weigh if and whether the feedback is accurate and whether it should be considered or disregarded.


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    "Reflections after 10 years"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supportability Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Supportability Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you want to always work on the cutting edge technologies, then Microsoft is a great place to work. You'll always be surrounded by incredibly smart people who are passionate about their work. Microsoft is a place where your opinion matters and where your ideas will be given merit.

    The work life balance is great. Flexible work hours and the ability to work from home depending upon role obviously, is fantastic.

    The benefits are still outstanding when compared to other Fortune 500 companies. But they are not what they used to be, even from a couple of years ago.

    The culture has also suffered a bit over time. But in today's PC world that is to be expected I guess.

    Overall I would highly recommend Microsoft to anyone. It is today and will continue to be one of the leading tech companies globally. And working for that kind of company is exciting and very rewarding.

    Cons

    The stack rank system used to determine where employees fit in to the overall work force is flawed at best, and leaves a lot to be desired at the least. A quick Bing search will tell you all that you need to know about this system from both current and former employees.

    The higher that you progress in your career, it is sometimes that much harder to get noticed. One reason for this is that at Microsoft, the bar to just get a job here is so high, that you are competing with the best of the best for opportunities, and advancement. See stack rank above.

    Advice to Management

    Microsoft is a heavily top down company, with product direction typically coming from some on high leadership team. I would suggest that senior management seek and listen to ideas from the IC level. A bottom up approach that empowers employees to feel ownership of their product or service would go a long way to improving moral and products delivered.

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