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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
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Great place to learn the basics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    A place where for the most part you only deal with smart and competent people. It's a place where we measure twice and then cut once.

    Cons

    Very heavy machinery when it comes to process - it's very hard to "just do it". Most work translates to cross team work which adds layers of complexity in terms of people. As a developer it's hard to balance the creative way of approaching software versus the analytical "figure out everything before we do anything".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not really an option at Microsoft to just go fix things in other products - the only thing you can do is open a bug and hope that the other team will deal with it. Management should encourage, empower and reward people that cross product boundaries.

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    Approves of CEO
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    Only the best and brightest will thrive!

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    - Great work life balance
    - Awesome peer group
    - Fantastic benefits
    - Company finding its groove

    Cons

    - Performance rating system can be improved

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Microsoft Response

    Nov 16, 2012Marketing Manager

    Thank you very much for this review, very helpful for those researching Microsoft!

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