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A good place to have a career

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fargo, ND (US)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fargo, ND (US)

I worked at Microsoft for more than 10 years

Pros

Great benefits and pay
Opportunity to work with smart people

Cons

Benefit landscape is changing
Pockets of leadership where the company values aren't realized

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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    A Sinking Ship

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

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus
    Flexible work policies are common
    Free drinks
    Smart people to work with
    Great Health Care- but this is changing significantly in 2013

    Cons

    Review System- it has become more important to "manage your career" than create great products
    Review System- Promotes back stabbing and an unhealthy, toxic work environment
    Bloated software products that no longer delight the industry
    Horrible software licensing system
    Engineering "silos" of developer/test/program management which are ineffective and inefficient

    I left Microsoft after 13 years. For the first 11 years, I received excellent performance evaluations. Then, when the review system changed, I suddenly found myself to be rated a poor performer- despite being the only person in my group to actually deliver a feature that shipped! Once you get a bad review, you are labeled as such and a comeback is extremely unlikely. I decided to leave before enduring more undeserved humiliation. I now work on open source software, and have replaced all of my windows based devices and software with open source, Apple, and Android equivalents. This turned out to be much easier than expected- leading me to realize that Microsoft is becoming increasingly irrelevant.

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    Steve Ballmer should go
    Review system should be revamped

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Overall, pretty good if you don't mind working incredibly hard

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    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Getting to work with great people in a changing and dynamic environment. Getting fantastic opportunities to work on great projects and progress your career

    Cons

    Zero to no work-life balance which can be tough enough going at time
    Highly competitve environment which is generally good but can have a negative impact, especially since there's no incentive for people to work together.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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