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Some of the best people I worked with. But also some of the more misguided products I worked on.

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

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

Pros

great people (but not always)
plenty of products (but not always an opportunity to work on what you like)
experience
salary
Seattle/Bellevue/Redmond area
learning

Cons

progress sometimes is slow due to company/team size
not always easy to find a good team

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Adopt new methodologies to stimulate disruptive products

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Microsoft is one large ship

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    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is a great learning environment and place to build critical business management skills, especially across v-teams. You generally get what you put into the role and there is a willingness to support employees with personal growth in education and leadership opportunities.

    Cons

    The calibration system on a curve does not motivate managers to build great teams. It actually forces employees to compete against each other which does not build strong teams. They need less product pushing and more storytelling from the customer's point of view.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have all A players and have to consistently give high performers bad scores just because you have to have someone at the bottom, then the you will lose great talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    An outstanding place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Very interesting projects
    - You largely get to choose what you are working on
    - Super-smart people, both full-time researchers and fellow interns
    - Very nice work-life balance; MSR throws cool intern events

    Cons

    Redmond/Seattle area in general aren't as exciting as some other areas like the Bay Area, but nature-wise it's nonetheless stunning

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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