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"My experience at Microsoft has been very good."

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Orange, CT
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Orange, CT
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Microsoft offer some really good perks. The base salary is good and the ESPP(employee stock purchase plan) is well designed. The health benefits were very good in past but they are not as good as they used to be.
You get to work on some really challenging projects. You have to keep learning and updating yourself at your job. This is not something that you do in your off time. You have to learn new technologies to perform your day-to-day work.
Some of the people here are very talented. They are scary intelligent and you have a hard time to gauge their potential. A wide range of employees are average but average for Microsoft may be extra ordinary for some other companies.

Cons

The work-life balance is very off. We have frequent releases and every release brings long hours at office.
Sometimes, we don't have enough time to fix a problem at the very core. We are racing against time and we have to provide a workable solution to the problem as soon as possible.
There are very few team morale events.

Advice to Management

Give freedom to employees to work on their own project (like Google does).
Some of the decisions taken by higher-management seems random at best and disastrous at worst.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Maximum politics, Minimum capability"

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

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance if you insist. Probably not good for your performance review.

    Cons

    - Too many unqualified employees. This detracts from any useful work.
    - Everybody is here for the political gameplay. The idea is to seem like you're doing useful work so as to get to the next step. Doesn't matter who you trample along the way.


  2. "Good company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Good compensation.

    Cons

    Strong corporate environment and hard to move up in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the engineers.

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