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Microsoft Bellevue Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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  • work life balance is a bit of an issue (in 987 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 510 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Director of Finance"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Finance in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Director of Finance in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good work/life flexibility, smart people that are driven and motivated.

    Cons

    Large bureaucracies with few correct decision makers. Career movement more difficult than expected at director level+, screwed up promotion policy.

    Advice to Management

    allow for promotions across teams, rather than promotions ONLY in same position.


  2. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, nice buildings, good benefits, and smart people are the best parts

    Cons

    Multiple big projects for annual meetings take family time away.

    Advice to Management

    Give more time for family whether it be a couple days off or a tad less work


  3. "Great place to learn and start your career"

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

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

    Pros

    Good structure, tools, talented and smart people to work with.

    Cons

    I worked as vendor and initially was treated like a "slave" by one of the managers. Things got better under a new manager.

    Advice to Management

    Treat vendors with more respect, after all they do most of the heavy lifting.


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  5. "Microsoft the second time around."

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to move to different groups when a project finishes up. This was my second go around with Microsoft.

    Cons

    The traffic into work in Bellevue was the worst. Sometimes it would take 2 hours from Woodinville to Bellevue

    Advice to Management

    What is the next path to success for the company besides Windows & Office.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Needs more focus on customer, not internal processes."

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    Former Employee - Sales Planner in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Planner in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is full of some of the smartest people I've ever worked with. GREAT benefits.

    Cons

    More energy was spent making product improvements to help the back-end engineers than for the product and/or customer experience.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the external customer. Products are made for them. Stop putting your employees in level "buckets." Competition should be against our external competitors, not each other. Do better to integrate and appreciate employees from acquired companies - there's a reason you paid so much for them.


  7. "SDE 2"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, relaxed culture, secure

    Cons

    Stagnation, too much politics, average pay


  8. "Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and good job security. Better work life balance than most startups.

    Cons

    Tech stacks are mostly outdated and not in par with the open source community. If you decide to move to another company later, then there could be sharp learning curves.

    Advice to Management

    Good vision and plan execution power is key to the continuing success of Microsoft.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of challenging and interesting work.
    Great work environment
    Good compensation package.

    Cons

    Too many processes and overhead


  10. "Great company"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Flexibility and Career Development

    Cons

    Instability due too frequent org changes


  11. "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    adequate pay for the work

    Cons

    Poor location, Tyrannical Management

    Advice to Management

    do not insult employees


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