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Very stable, great place to grow yet coast.

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

Pros

Great benefits (salary, insurance, perks)
Lots of seasoned developers and leads to work with and learn from

Cons

Microsoft is a machine. There are tons of people at the company, and it's sometimes hard to feel like you've made an individual impact. Career growth is possible but you have to align heavily with your manager. Don't get too attached to any of your products because all of the higher ups are good at playing the alignment game. They will turn on a dime and leave you wondering why you wrote all that code for the past 6 months.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Nothing. What Microsoft does works for Microsoft. It's up to the individual to understand this process and choose if it's right for them.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Microsoft: not the company people expect from the outside.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Country Manager RSM  in  Schiphol (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Senior Country Manager RSM in Schiphol (Netherlands)

    Pros

    One big happy family with a huge jar of cookies for cookie monsters.

    Cons

    Too much politics and networking, its not about being good, but about looking good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more consumer minded people on board and get the "corporate" people out of the consumer space.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Planner  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Product Planner in Redmond, WA (US)

    Pros

    Good people, great benefits, amazing breadth of technology, one of the few places where you can literally change the world.

    Cons

    Has gotten very big, difficult to navigate the organization at times, review process is an artifact of bad 90's thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New review process that actually encourages teamwork and group achievement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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