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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Good

    May 28, 2022 - Software Engineer -2 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good working culture and stability

    Cons

    Compensation not as good as it could be

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Amazing culture

    Jul 3, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Amazing culture, great work life balance, better pay than most game companies.

    Cons

    2 years of employment and yet to have any big cons

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Thoughts after 10 years....

    Jan 28, 2013 - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop. 2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice. 3. Even with it's struggles MSFT is still a cash printing machine. This means if you can keep your nose clean and do reasonable work, you can have a stable job, pay your bills, feed your family, and not worry (too much) about layoffs. The stock you own likely won't tank, but probably won't go up much either. You'll get a bonus each year and some stock. It's a decent life if you aren't looking to light the world on fire.

    Cons

    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies. Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand out" and move up in the company. Don't expect your manager to be much of an advocate or enabler to help you meet your career goals - they are basically trying to survive the stack rank every year too. Not familiar with the stack rank? Check out the 2012 Vanity Fair article called "Microsoft's Lost Decade".

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