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"Good work life balance great benefits"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Lead Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Lead Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Many intresting technologies
Lots of smart pepole
Good work life balance
Great benafits, great health benafit, 401K match, matching of donations to many organization, company store, etc.

Cons

Too many competing products
Beyond window lack of focus and clear direction
Trying to be best in everything SW
Too much legal involvement, can't use any external SW in the products
Too many reorgs

Advice to Management

Beyond window get more focus and clear direction
Stop trying to be best in everything SW

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good Benefits, Smart People, High "taxes""

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Development Lead in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Development Lead in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft engineers are VERY smart. Depending on the group, this can be a huge benefit. You'll find yourself learning from those around you (a good thing, unless you've got more ego than you deserve), and will be amazed at the capacity.

    Cons

    Microsoft is VERY heavy on process, generally. Some of it is understandable. Microsoft probably has more paying customers than any other tech company on the planet. This results in very high day-to-day 'taxes' involving enduring processes that are rarely reviewed for usefulness. This can be very frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    A little more attention paid to true agility (not some mish mash of agile development practices layered over the top of the existing software processes already in place) would go a VERY long way.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Not perfect, but if you find your place, a good place to work."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Development Lead in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Development Lead in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The number of technical areas in which you can work at Microsoft is, I would assert, unsurpassed by any other technology company.

    Microsoft is one of the last, true software development companies. If you're passionate about software, it's hard to beat a place where enginneers rule the roost.

    Great compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    On the downside, Microsoft is very competitive, often not in a good way. Competition can be a good thing. It often makes us work with others to create something bigger than ourselves. It is also the case that the competition can ugly and personal. Often it revolves around people doing what's good for them, rather than what's good for the company. I've seen my share of the later and it results in a very high stress workplace.

    Also, like any other large company, Microsoft has too much process. It takes 500 people to do what a startup can do with 25.

    Advice to Management

    We need to really, seriously, drive our company core values. Simply talking about Integrity and Honesty, Open and respectful, and self critical doesn't get it done. Those values must be backed up with serious, commitment-based actions.

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