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Great opportunity, challenging environment.

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Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA (US)
Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA (US)

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Opportunity to impact at global scale; compensation and benefits; opportunity to do many different jobs within one company; global opportunity.

Cons

Frequent and disruptive re-organizations; employee calibration system forces a ranking curve so every year 20% of employees receive a low ranking regardless of their contribution.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Good Learning Ground

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A good place to start off your career in that you can get exposure to a lot of different products/groups. Excellent health benefit package and gym benefits.

    Cons

    Extremely political and not very innovative. Work life balance is a struggle on most teams/organizations. While there are some good pockets within the company, constant re-orgs create too much churn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lose the stack ranking system and political based re-orgs

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great perks and opportunities to learn. Mediocre Performance Review model.

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation is competitive. Perks of working at one of the largest software companies is cool (beta testing, access to all products for free, etc). Lots of opportunities for lateral movement within the company to work on something totally different.

    Cons

    Review model forces employees to compete with each other instead of collaborate. Lots of focus around 'visibility'. Ie. you get rewarded more if you are the loudest person in the room, but not as much about if you are doing great work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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