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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 for 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 for 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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    Challenging, rewarding, great people and great company

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Great benefits (health, dental, 401k, gym membership, free soda/juice/coffee/tea, Prime Card discounts to many local businesses). Challenging work that literally affects 100's of millions of customers. Competitive compensation. Microsoft has a product for just about any area of technology you may be interested in.

    Cons

    Reviewed compared to your peers. Doesn't matter how well you do if your peers do more/better.
    It rains a lot in Seattle and is dark a lot in Winter. Limited scope in many SDE/SDET positions. You own your features and can get pigeon-holed into your technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel the company is headed in the right direction with its products. I don't like the recent changes to Health Insurance and the new compensation model.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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