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"Awesome workplace, but a large company"

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Current Employee - Principal Group Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Principal Group Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

You really can't ask for more, in some sense. If you're a strong engineer with decent soft skills, you'll quickly rise to the right level in the company. Many people don't make it past a certain level because they undervalue (or refuse to value) soft skills -- "if I'm hardcore enough of an engineer, I should be a VP." But if you have solid technical chops and also can work well with others, you'll do well.

The benefits and pay really can't be beat, at least for people with a strong growth potential. However, the pay is predictable and less lottery-like; you should join a startup if you're hoping to make millions regardless of your skill level. At Microsoft, it's way too late to "make millions," but a solid engineer should expect to make very good money.

Cons

It's a big company. One of the largest in software. So it has some traditional big-company drawbacks. Like slow decision-making. Like re-orgs. Like a mixed bag of people in some organizations.

Advice to Management

Take a big, big risk. Microsoft is at a "good to great" inflection point. It needs to take on something massively risky. Like what was done with Xbox, which bled money for years but is now a great platform.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits, too much politics"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, good work life balance, interesting projects, very good mobility within company, good growth opportunities, competent people in general.

    Cons

    Salary and bonus a little below average, too much politics involved in annual performance review and hard to collaborate and work across teams.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the Windows Phone strategy, stick to the plan Bing, keep improving the cash cows, and come up with a fair review system that fosters collaboration, not internal competition.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "12 years at Microsoft"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were great at Microsoft.
    Work and life balance was stressed from the top level down.
    Many opportunities to make yourself heard.

    Cons

    Administrative opportunities are very limited if you do not work at the Redmond campus. It was very hard to move up career wise in the administrative community there.

    Advice to Management

    Need to consider more effective ways in retaining long time employees instead of just treating them as replaceable with the next person.

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