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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Principal in Redmond, WA
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    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Great people well and lots of interesting projects

    Cons

    Big company and all that entails

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    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 20 years

    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. ...

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    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"...

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    Advice to Management

    I'll type it here - but I don't they are listening... 1. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities. 2. Kill/evolve the stack rank. Here's basically how it's viewed:. 30% of the company gets 1s and 2s - and they are happy. 50% get 3s and that basically feels like getting a "C" in school. This sucks for talented people when a multitude of UNCONTROLLABLE conditions keep you from getting...

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    "Working at Microsoft is amazing"

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    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, culture, compensation, recognition, management.

    Cons

    Hiring process takes months at the very least.

    Advice to Management

    Great.

  4. "Great Work Life Balance, Slow Company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Work Life Balance Team Members Manager Personal Development

    Cons

    Inefficient team structure Slow development processes

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    "Excellent employer on the whole"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
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    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    If you are fresh out of college, this is one of the best companies to work for. Like many other tech companies, there's a big emphasis on work-life balance and community building. In a lot of ways, it will feel like an extension of college in terms of the learning and events with other young professionals. Senior developers are, for the most part, very happy to mentor younger people and instill a sense of discipline....

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    Cons

    As you move up in ranks, the pay disparity between Microsoft and its competitors (Google, Amazon, Facebook) starts to grow, with Microsoft developers making substantially less than their counterparts. For some, this is okay if they value lifestyle more than career progression. For others, it's common to jump ship to another company. As with any other big company, there's layers and layers of bureaucracy. For most mature...

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  6. "Great contract product testing environment"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Test Engineer in Redmond, WA
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    I have been working at Microsoft for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Sufficient resources, employee development, great training

    Cons

    Massive company full of disorganized teams,

    Advice to Management

    Hey more organized and don’t waste talent

  7. "Working as a Software Development Engineer in Microsoft"

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    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer in Seattle, WA
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    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Work for Microsoft for 8 years in Ireland and in Redmond, Seattle. Great company to work for. Very large difference between the environment in Dublin, Ireland, and Redmond, Seattle - both very positive in their own way.

    Cons

    No real cons that I would warn a friend about, except perhaps that Microsoft employees work very hard.

    Advice to Management

    Leaders are a bit too hands off. While this enable a lot of employee freedom of action, a bit more direction would definitely not hurt

  8. "Overall good, but outcomes can vary based on team"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
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    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at Microsoft for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong team of engineers, opportunities to communicate ideas and discuss with senior management. As an intern, had the opportunity to demo intern project to leaders, participate in hackathon and push hackathon project forward as a potential product.

    Cons

    Sometimes the impact of the intern project was unclear. Lots of intern perks but fewer opportunities to request placement on different teams/projects for full-time role

  9. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Competitive pay, when stock awards kick in it really helps, flexible work environment

    Cons

    Open workspaces, bureaucracy, some employees are entitled.

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    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer-II in Seattle, WA
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    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Microsoft has a great culture and the people are wonderful to work with. They have a great work/life balance with lots of flexibility. The benefits were amazing.

    Cons

    As priorities changed, I found myself working on very different work than I was hired for, which I didn't enjoy as much and couldn't perform as well in. It was frustrating because I felt there was still valuable work in my area of expertise, but it was being almost eliminated from the list of priorities. There wasn't much to assist in a transition to a new role; only pressure to adapt to the change.

    Advice to Management

    I think having more help to transition into better positions as products change could be very valuable in keeping people working in their best areas, rather than enforcing flexibility. Specialized experience can bring a lot of value, and losing that entirely because a specific team no longer needs it is unfortunate.

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