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Lots of great people, but large company culture and politics

Former Employee - Principal Architect in Redmond, WA (US)
Former Employee - Principal Architect in Redmond, WA (US)

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

Pros

Great people, great products, can have impact on millions of people

Cons

Culture has changed, lots of politics and beaurocracy and second guessing

Neutral Outlook

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    Some great people, great minds and great products.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible and pleasant work environment
    Some great colleagues
    Interesting work and room for growth
    Constant personal development and challenges

    Cons

    As with all large companies, some slow structural processes
    It can be a pressurised environment
    Politics can be rife in certain departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt a review process that does not alwaysdepend on having a % of people scoring low
    Be attentive to bullying and buck-passing
    Try to see things from a customer perspective- a more real world view. MS can be very insular and removed from the Irish business place of SMB's.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Stable company with good career opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bellevue, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great company producing good products.
    Company doesn't save cents on employees providing good working space.
    Lots of great developers and smart people.

    Cons

    Lots of process in a way to get things done.
    Hard to get ideas to the management. Usually ideas delivered from management to developers.
    Many people care about career only.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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