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Microsoft is a great place to work, but it's a very, very big company.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA (US)
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA (US)

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

For all the bad raps Microsoft gets, it still changes the world. There are few places where the things you work on have a bigger impact. On top of that, great pay, benefits and working conditions.

Cons

The company is very large, and navigating the organization is complicated.

Also, the company faces some serious competitive and strategic challenges to its core businesses.

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    Positive

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer - Contractor in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer - Contractor in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Positive and professional work environment

    Cons

    As a conractor don't get to work on the interesting parts of the project

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with some outside advertising agencies to develope advertising that is cool

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Once was an amazing place to work, the collective caliber of excellence is no longer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    - Family medical benefits are great
    - The vacation time is better than similar area companies, and comp time after projects is acceptable
    - With the right management support in place, there are amazing opportunities for compensation and advancement for very hard and dedicated workers
    - A place to learn how a large enterprise software company executes, this is a good and awful thing

    Cons

    - Top down decision making is the new Microsoft
    - Duplication across every division and team
    - Extremely high turnover to competitors (Google, Facebook, Amazon) makes it difficult to focus
    - Peers across the company can be found in +/- 6 levels... i.e. its unfair
    - Backstabbing review culture does not encourage teamwork
    - Massive cost-cutting has reduced many of the former perks and experiences

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Admit that times have changed, cut duplication, and revamp the level system. Re-evaluate compensation relative to the industry as the large competitors have great compensation for middle levels across the board now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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