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Very stable, great place to grow yet coast.

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  • Senior Management
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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Bellevue, WA (US)
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA (US)

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

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.

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    #72 in 100 Fortune Best Companies to Work For

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

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

    Pros

    Good corporate environment,
    Good benefits and career opportunities

    Cons

    Slow moving company
    Internal politics dominate the scene

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake Up!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    All the best technology. All the worst baggage.

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

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

    Pros

    If you're a fan of Microsoft products, there's no better place to use the latest technology. Depending on your group, you may be using products that aren't even available to the general public.

    There isn't a single best way of doing things at Microsoft so each organization is free to develop their own best practices. From a career perspective, changing groups is like changing companies without having to start earning vacation again.

    The privacy policies are top notch. I have a lot of faith in my employer doing the right thing with a customer's personal data (even when I'm the customer) because I've been a part of so many reviews where privacy is highlighted as one of the most important things.

    Cons

    Too many fiefdoms: Microsoft was once a place where the best technical solution would win the day. There was time to argue the best way of implementing a feature. There are some important people around with delicate egos. Say the wrong thing and they will go out of their way to put in a bad word at review time.

    Easy to get stuck in the wrong role: I've witnessed people getting dropped in the wrong role after a reorganization. If you haven't been in your current role for 12-18 months, you could get stuck in an area that's outside your specialization. Come review time, that could mean a black mark on your review or the end of your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Get Rid of Stack Ranking.
    2. A good technical person does not automatically mean a good lead.
    3. Put more weight into MSPoll. If seen entire groups flee when a bad manager came in. Figure out who those people are and don't allow them to become leads. A bad manager should not be allowed to become a manager of another group after they've messed up the previous one.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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