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"Great benefits, too much politics"

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Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
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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.

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    "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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    "Microsoft: Still a great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    What I really enjoy in working at Microsoft is the quality of the people (many of them truly world-class!), the high-performing company culture that pushes everyone to get better every day, the tremendous opportunities for learning/training and the huge impact employees can have on the world through Microsoft's products.

    Cons

    Like in any big organization, there is some red tape and politics that get in the way of agility. While this is necessary sometimes, overall it puts the company at a disadvantage when compared to smaller, more agile competitors. Promotions take longer and longer to get once above a certain level, so it takes a lot of patience and continuous great work to get ahead. Work-life balance has improved over the past years in general, but it's still an issue.

    Advice to Management

    I'd love to see Microsoft reclaim its previous ability to lead the industry and to be the innovative company we all signed up to work for. Apple, Google and even smaller competitors are eating our lunch and Microsoft is playing catchup in many of the product lines. Instead of reacting and desperately trying to match competitors' offerings, I'd like Microsoft to be the market leader in innovation, execution and customer service. I want the "coolness" factor put back into the Microsoft brand and I want management to take bold action in this direction.

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