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Lots of great people, but large company culture and politics

Former Employee - Principal Architect  in  Redmond, WA (US)
Former Employee - Principal Architect in Redmond, WA (US)

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

Pros

Great people, great products, can have impact on millions of people

Cons

Culture has changed, lots of politics and beaurocracy and second guessing

Neutral Outlook

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    Some great people, great minds and great products.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Flexible and pleasant work environment
    Some great colleagues
    Interesting work and room for growth
    Constant personal development and challenges

    Cons

    As with all large companies, some slow structural processes
    It can be a pressurised environment
    Politics can be rife in certain departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt a review process that does not alwaysdepend on having a % of people scoring low
    Be attentive to bullying and buck-passing
    Try to see things from a customer perspective- a more real world view. MS can be very insular and removed from the Irish business place of SMB's.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Microsoft is great to work at as a contractor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you are a V-, depending on level of experience, you should be earning at least $80-100K. Upside, you work with really intelligent people and it could be a lot of fun!

    Cons

    It is intense at Microsoft. Even as a contractor, you will work long and intense hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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