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Wonderful learning experience. Great place to spend a few years.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Great benefits, lots of resources at your disposal. Amazing corporate culture, wonderful opportunity to be among some of the brightest people in United States.

Cons

Very stressful. Managers are not professionally trained and do not seem accountable for decisions effecting employees. Long term career paths are not clear.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Train managers, create better long term retention of employees. Give people advancement based on experience as well as performance. Often the employees that take a lot of risk are also the ones that fail.

Recommends
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No opinion of CEO

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    Fantastic software company where hard work is rewarded

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Ability to drive significant change across the software industry

    Cons

    Can be a bit political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to revisit how different culture is in Seattle compared with the rest of the East Coast and then apply that lens to the marketing and go to market efforts

    Recommends
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    The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Microsoft is a place with smart people, good pay and good benefits. It's a respectable technology company (if not a leading one) and there's the potential for growth in broad areas.

    Cons

    In two words: the culture and the management. Performance reviews have been honed to a system that pits people against each other like on Survivor and people do lose their jobs because of it. Management and bureaucracy are stifling due to size and politics. If you're coming from outside Microsoft, their idea of work-life balance will shock you. And at this point, management seems dangerously out of touch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Ballmer, break up the company, lose the review system and let the great people you have actually do what they want rather than sit in meetings and do presentations all the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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