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A good place to have a career

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fargo, ND (US)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fargo, ND (US)

I worked at Microsoft for more than 10 years

Pros

Great benefits and pay
Opportunity to work with smart people

Cons

Benefit landscape is changing
Pockets of leadership where the company values aren't realized

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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    A Sinking Ship

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Beautiful campus
    Flexible work policies are common
    Free drinks
    Smart people to work with
    Great Health Care- but this is changing significantly in 2013

    Cons

    Review System- it has become more important to "manage your career" than create great products
    Review System- Promotes back stabbing and an unhealthy, toxic work environment
    Bloated software products that no longer delight the industry
    Horrible software licensing system
    Engineering "silos" of developer/test/program management which are ineffective and inefficient

    I left Microsoft after 13 years. For the first 11 years, I received excellent performance evaluations. Then, when the review system changed, I suddenly found myself to be rated a poor performer- despite being the only person in my group to actually deliver a feature that shipped! Once you get a bad review, you are labeled as such and a comeback is extremely unlikely. I decided to leave before enduring more undeserved humiliation. I now work on open source software, and have replaced all of my windows based devices and software with open source, Apple, and Android equivalents. This turned out to be much easier than expected- leading me to realize that Microsoft is becoming increasingly irrelevant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Steve Ballmer should go
    Review system should be revamped

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good Company

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People are good, so peer learning is good.
    Provides very Good learning depending upon team, work is good\bad as per team
    Work Culture no more promotes employee care. Its all cost cutting.
    Employee Care and facilities are moderate compared to peers.

    Cons

    Compensation - They pay good compared to peers.
    Internal Change - The process of internal change of team makes the employee to resign by force by current manager, depending upon ego of manager.

    If you are not mine, you can't be of others also. :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve facilities, best engineers work for you.

    Improve process for internal change, make them employee friendly rather than management friendly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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