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Microsoft Bellevue Reviews

Updated June 22, 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1154 reviews)

  • "Outdated review system which is anything but fair" (in 525 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Program Manager"

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    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.


  2. "Its perfect"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice environment for an engineer to work and learn latest technologies

    Cons

    nothing found as of now

  3. "A title"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company with a lot of great people, and the luxury to invest in visions.

    Cons

    Big and sometimes very bureaucratic. Very afraid it cannot shake the reputation, aquired in the 90's and early 2000's of being evil.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on what you are doing now. And take risks.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Microsoft Culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is a pure meritocracy. Results drive success. If you are result-driven, you will fit in and do well.

    Cons

    The company tends to spin up several projects when a new hot area comes along. The internal competition for success can get messy.


  5. "Device Lab Technician"

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    Former Contractor - Device Technician in Bellevue, WA
    Former Contractor - Device Technician in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, minimal micro management, schedule freedom, brilliant developers

    Cons

    No transparency - left in the dark constantly. No inclusion in process meetings despite first hand experience in processing - just another cog in a massive system with a ridiculous disconnect between manager and employee.

    Advice to Management

    IT service positions that are contracted should have a limit to contract duration where high performers have a smooth, clear transition process to FTE.

    I worked closely with many long-term business admins/executive admins who were clueless in regards to technology. They would push their work onto anyone willing to do it and claim the success for themselves.


  6. "Director Business Strategy"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of resources, latitude to create and be an entrepreneur within a framework. Many technology and channel assets to leverage. Values diversity.

    Cons

    Not many. Your career pyramid will eventually narrow, but lateral options to develop abound. Highly competitive talent pool chasing too few senior opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on communicating the vision and ability to execute to the market.


  7. "Fun place to work."

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

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great managers and exciting tech to work on everyday. Schedule is very flexible.

    Cons

    Wish we had snacks but I’ll take he unlimited drinks.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Bureaucratic but manageable"

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sophisticated set-up for web experiments (at Bing). Repeated experimentation evolves a system highly optimized for its user base.

    It might take significant effort to find an appropriate contact in another part of the company, but once that contact is made, it can cut lots of future bureaucratic red tape.

    The unification of dev and test worked well.

    Cons

    Closed-source technology silo. Tracking down issues in Windows or Office are unreasonably difficult, even with connections to people on those teams. Some internal tools seriously lag behind in quality from comparable ones in the mainstream.

    Some managers are known to fly into a temper. While such behaviour might be unacceptable at some companies, it seems to be freely tolerated.

    Resistance to retrospectives and post-mortems.

    Advice to Management

    Decide on and publicize boundaries of acceptable behaviour.

    Integrate project retrospectives and (ego-free) post-mortems into the culture.

    Replace the term "morale event" with something that sounds less like a clinical optimization of resource output.


  9. "Designer"

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    Current Employee - Designer II in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Designer II in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and fair salary

    Cons

    Leadership could be much better

    Advice to Management

    NONE


  10. "work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work life balance, not push

    Cons

    low income compared with other internet company


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