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    "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn cutting edge tech

    Cons

    too many meetings, politics exists

    Microsoft2019-05-25
  1. "A very good place, if you can find a good team"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Relaxed atmosphere in the office. Pretty good campus. Convenient location and commute options. Easy to switch teams, and lots of different projects to choose from. Very open source friendly internally these days. Can be very flexible on schedule and even remote work, depending on the subdivision. There's no corporate-wide anti-remote policy, like in some places, and no informal bias...

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    Cons

    Management higher up tends to chase their written commitments too much, beyond common sense. Career advancement is generally slower than in other similar companies. Less of an ecosystem bubble than it used to be, but still a bit of a bubble, especially in Windows. If you are in the wrong spot for too long, it's easy to end up being an expert with a skillset nobody really needs outside the company.

    Advice to Management

    Don't spend so much time on product metrics, and don't try to break everything into numbers in general. That's not all there is to it. You're missing the forest, because you're too busy counting the trees in it. The company is much better than it used to be, but it lacks bold vision beyond the vague "cloud".

    Microsoft2019-06-15
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    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop. 2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice. ...

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    Cons

    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies. Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand out"...

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    Advice to Management

    I'll type it here - but I don't they are listening... 1. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities. 2. Kill/evolve the stack rank. Here's basically how it's viewed:. 30% of the company gets 1s and 2s - and they are happy. 50% get 3s and that basically feels like getting a "C" in school. This sucks for talented people when a multitude of UNCONTROLLABLE conditions keep you from getting...

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    Microsoft2013-01-29

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