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if you can work 10-12 hours everyday on regular basis - you can grow easily. Forget work-life balance!!

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

Some really smart people to work with. If you work really hard and can prove yourself - you will be rewarded very well. But you need to be on "core" projects - that matters most to your group.

Cons

For working mothers, hard place to grow and keep balance between work-family. Extra hours put in close to any sort of release ( 60 hours/week ) is normal / expected but not rewarded. Amibition + hardwork is not enough - you need to be aggressive as well.

No opinion of CEO

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    Many years ago it was a great place to work but poor leadership and an exceedingly political culture have ruined it.

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager Lead in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager Lead in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    - Microsoft's pay is adequate and the benefits are excellent.
    - There are many great individual contributors.
    - Once you've established a track record of success, it is relatively easy to move around the company to find new challenges.

    Cons

    - Exceedingly political
    - Not friendly to people who are not hard-wired to 'play the game' in order to climb the corporate ladder
    - Very poor leadership culture (highlighted by terrible senior leaders)
    - Never more than on re-org away from working for a poor manager

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Not the cult it used to be - far more a job now

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    lots of new stuff almost daily

    Cons

    processes are killing it and losing momentum

    No opinion of CEO
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