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Helpful (3)

Great place

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)
Current Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

I have been working at Microsoft

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

- Challenging work & cool projects
- Working with some of the smartest people on the planet
- Your work will be used by millions of people
- Great pay & perks (proclub, connector bus, best medical coverage on the planet)

Cons

- Long hours
- Forced curve (20/70/10) is not good for a high performance & highly talented team where everyone kick butts, but one person needs to be last and get labeled the bottom 10%
- not all teams are great... if you landed with a bad team or manager, don't let it get to you, do your best, keep a good attitude, wait it out, and find a better team that suits you (there are plenty)

Advice to Management

Keep doing the right things like: windows 7, bing, office and servers (sql, exchange, sharepoint)
Get windows mobile 7 out

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Rewarding, but also concerned about the future of the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Manager in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Development Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Very smart people
    - Good salary, benefits, etc
    - The results of your work go practically everywhere (ok, it depends on the group you're in).
    - Job security, despite the recent rounds of layoffs.
    - Better work/life balance than let's say 10 years ago.

    Cons

    - Company lost its edge, missed several trains to competition, and what is frustrating to employees is that lots of ideas had been Microsoft's in the first place, but they had been botched during execution.
    - Lack of clear accountability.
    - Politics there is not for the faint of heart.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on delivering good experiences rather than half backed "features"

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great experience for freshmen and sophomores

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great insight to the big company
    - Free drinks :)
    - Very convenient place to work
    - Excellent networks
    - See great lectures
    - Great benefits and perks

    Cons

    - Too big, will not give a great chance to do a super break-through action
    - Have too many products that are not really focused strongly
    - Rain pours and cloudy most of the time
    - Not fast enough

    Advice to Management

    Give young people a chance to experiment

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