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Wonderful learning experience. Great place to spend a few years.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Great benefits, lots of resources at your disposal. Amazing corporate culture, wonderful opportunity to be among some of the brightest people in United States.

Cons

Very stressful. Managers are not professionally trained and do not seem accountable for decisions effecting employees. Long term career paths are not clear.

Advice to Management

Train managers, create better long term retention of employees. Give people advancement based on experience as well as performance. Often the employees that take a lot of risk are also the ones that fail.

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  1. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. Good name on Resume
    2. Flexibility
    3. Work Life Balance

    Cons

    1. Politics
    2. Lack of vision

  2. Helpful (5)

    The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft is a place with smart people, good pay and good benefits. It's a respectable technology company (if not a leading one) and there's the potential for growth in broad areas.

    Cons

    In two words: the culture and the management. Performance reviews have been honed to a system that pits people against each other like on Survivor and people do lose their jobs because of it. Management and bureaucracy are stifling due to size and politics. If you're coming from outside Microsoft, their idea of work-life balance will shock you. And at this point, management seems dangerously out of touch.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Ballmer, break up the company, lose the review system and let the great people you have actually do what they want rather than sit in meetings and do presentations all the time.

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