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Great company to work at

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Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)  in  Redmond, WA (US)
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA (US)

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Good benefits, stability, 40 hours per week work

Cons

Hard to truly impact product decisions, review process is tricky

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Lots of talented people to work with

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Microsoft - A declining company

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    Former Employee - Director Product Management  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Director Product Management in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Fair to good pay, stable company, good benefits, especially if you have a family. Working at Microsoft affords you a middle to upper middle class lifestyle in a beautiful part of the country (Microsoft is based in the Pacific Northwest).

    Cons

    Corporate is quite political and based on a stack ranking where those who do not know you or your work are giving your compensation and reviews. This means that you're spending quite a bit time building and managing your "self brand" and managing those around you and especially above you. Those that can play politics well will do well, however it does not mean that the best ideas make its way to the top. It my belief that the main reason is that the company has a significant amount of bloat with layers upon layers of people who are trying to justify their role. This was not always the case - certainly not the case when I joined nearly 14 years ago (I was there for 11 years and left three years ago).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One word - LEAD.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Losing our passion to bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - International Engineer  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - International Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A job that appeals to "A-types". Beginning to look at competitive salary compensation now. Lots of different jobs to try out once you are in. Free soft drinks!

    Cons

    MS is becoming stagnant and promotions are becoming more and more difficult as each year passes particularly in the core groups like Windows and Office. If you are not an overachiever, prepare to be quickly filtered out. Work life balance is becoming an increasing problem as consolidation of resources continues at an alarming rate. MS had a medical plan that was top in the PNW up to 2012 but thanks to "Obamacare", has joined the "meh" category.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stacked ranking is an old system for keeping friends in their jobs, not promoting the real performers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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