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Microsoft Bellevue Reviews

Updated October 28, 2018
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  1. "Good company to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing level, management and team

    Cons

    I'd be cool to work on fresh products or projects.


  2. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Place to work and start your career. Great mentors and Great team

    Cons

    Not any cons to think of

  3. "Work Experience"

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    Former Contractor - Service Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Contractor - Service Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful environment to work and beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Nothing much to say about this company


  4. "A great company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft is a great company and a great company to work for. As a person who appreciates diversity and ethics, it would be hard to find a better company than Microsoft.

    Cons

    Lean has become the key attribute of success at many of today’s leading companies. At Microsoft however, it’s noticeably absent. Most of the Product managers I’ve worked with don’t even understand SCRUM, a methodology derived from TPS \ Lean. MS would be wise to look at how companies like Amazon and Nordstrom have implemented Lean in every area of the company.


  5. "Decent company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits like fitness, 401k match, relocation
    Opportunity to switch teams with lots of options

    Cons

    Growth is stuck.
    Individual contributions are not valued much.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the engineers and think about their career growth, job satisfaction.


  6. "the work was just ok, but the people were really nice"

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    Former Contractor - SDE1 in Bellevue, WA
    Former Contractor - SDE1 in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    culture, team work, people helping each other out, fairly social and friendly envioronnment

    Cons

    I was in the Bellevue campus, which was absolute torture. When I interviewed I didn't know which team I'd be placed on, and initially the team was on the Redmond campus, however a month in, we moved and that campus is horrible. I ended up having cereal or poptarts most days because their cafeteria literally has no quality food, and is on constant repeat. :( My team also happened to be fairly new, and was dealing with a lot of growing pains which made work and morale suffer in general. ALSO: the admin for my team was the WORST. I am left handed and asked the first day if I could get a left handed mouse and she just stared at me and said 'I don't have any' So I asked if she could get one for me...about a week later I emailed to see if she had any news/had gotten it and she told me essentially to deal with the right handed one because she was very busy. Same thing happened with getting a mac for me after I was assigned a pc, (since my work was native and it would be easier on mac) which my manager and mentor asked for for me, to no avail. My mentor went around her and got me one in a day. Horrible person/Assistance.

    Advice to Management

    Petition for better access to food, and a better admin.


  7. "Software Development Engineer in Test ( SDET)"

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    Former Contractor - Software Development Engineer In Test in Bellevue, WA
    Former Contractor - Software Development Engineer In Test in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great exposure to learning, friendly work environment and flexible work hours. Overall, it was a great experience working with Microsoft.

    Cons

    I enjoyed my work. No cons.

    Advice to Management

    Full-time employees treat contractors in a different way. This is one thing that has to be addressed to help create equal work environment.

  8. "An amazing place to learn and grow"

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    Current Employee - Director Business Programs in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Director Business Programs in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working for a global company with such an inspiring mission is exciting and can lead to endless ways to learn and grow

    Cons

    Huge companies are not for everyone - it can sometimes be overwhelming to keep up with the girth of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to think big, but take small, quick steps towards progress


  9. "Good environment for soft landing"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best benefits
    Tons of training materials available
    Patient until you show performance

    Cons

    Need play politics
    Slow decision making


  10. "Senior Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft cares about its employees.

    Cons

    Microsoft historically has a monoculture that can restrict your exposure to alternative methods.


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