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Great experience over the last 6 years

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Redmond, WA (US)
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)

Pros

Wide Diversity of Technology. Can move to a different team to gain a different experience.

Cons

Too much hierarchy - this sometimes takes too long to make a decision.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not as good as it once was.

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

    Pros

    Fantastic exposure to technology, people and cultures--great diversity.
    There are a few shining stars for product lines and people.
    Competitive salary, benefits packages, employee discounts.
    Large company offers many opportunities in other business units, different products or different roles.

    Cons

    Too much of the all smaller product lines exist to help sell the larger product lines mentality. Stack ranking is creating a culture of people that do not work together, but instead work just to get ahead of their colleagues.
    Too Redmond focused--field promotions and opportunities are harder to find outside of there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the stock price over the last 10 years--why is Steve B. still there? Clear out the middle management--their only purpose is to track things and act as Yes-men/women to upper level management. Change the culture and how you look at people as new ideas or different approaches are misconstrued as not being a team player so good talent is leaving all the time. Stop pouring money into bad products (or at least those that aren't competitive); pull the plug and invent something better rather than continuing with minor new releases--Zune, Bing, Vista, Windows Mobile, and the jury is still out on Windows 8. Stop the layoffs--you are not in financial jeopardy..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big time talent. Best of breed practices. Culturally corrosive.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Director  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Seattle, WA (US)

    Pros

    Work with top notch people. Big Budgets and cutting edge practices.

    Cons

    Organizationally overwhelming. 8k marketers. The old joke is there are 5 people somewhere trying to do your job. Politically charged environment. Most managers and above are more interested in their personal success than the companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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