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Microsoft is a great place to work, but it's a very, very big company.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA (US)
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA (US)

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

For all the bad raps Microsoft gets, it still changes the world. There are few places where the things you work on have a bigger impact. On top of that, great pay, benefits and working conditions.

Cons

The company is very large, and navigating the organization is complicated.

Also, the company faces some serious competitive and strategic challenges to its core businesses.

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    Great people, extremely competetive

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Lots of brilliant people around
    Lots of problems to work on
    Wide array of technogies
    The management is generally good and fair in assessing people in performance reviews. I like the review and evalutation system at the company and the focus on getting things done.

    Cons

    The competetion hampers some information flow. An attitude for getting things done and strong interpersonal skills are as important for growth as technical skills. This can be viewed either as a pro or a con depending on who you are.

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    Well-compensated, great launch pad for success outside of the company, but quickly losing talent and dog-eat-dog atmos.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    1. Benefits
    2. Technology at your fingertips
    3. Resume builder
    4. Clear direction
    5. Great work-life balance
    6. Amenities, Starbucks Coffee

    Cons

    1. Review process assessed on a curve (team of 5, one employee will recieve an "underperformer" review regardless of quality performance, unless team is exempted from senior level)
    2. Recruitment of family members, best friends, etc. into same department
    3. Difficulty keeping talent
    4. The "We're Microsoft" mentality, invincibility complex

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye on the trends within departments - internal, lateral movement or movement into a less desirable role in the company is often an escape from poor management/leadership but downplayed or unspoken to remain in the "club"

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