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3 people found this helpful  

Great place

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)
Current Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

- Challenging work & cool projects
- Working with some of the smartest people on the planet
- Your work will be used by millions of people
- Great pay & perks (proclub, connector bus, best medical coverage on the planet)

Cons

- Long hours
- Forced curve (20/70/10) is not good for a high performance & highly talented team where everyone kick butts, but one person needs to be last and get labeled the bottom 10%
- not all teams are great... if you landed with a bad team or manager, don't let it get to you, do your best, keep a good attitude, wait it out, and find a better team that suits you (there are plenty)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep doing the right things like: windows 7, bing, office and servers (sql, exchange, sharepoint)
Get windows mobile 7 out

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    not so great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    - Windows 7++ Best OS in the world! and they let you learn all about it!
    - Switching groups is easy and there's lot of options: search(bing :( ), gaming (xbox), cloud (azure), OS (windows), mail (hotmail :( ), Apps ( Office)

    Cons

    - below average pay
    -low bonus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Done an awesome job with xbox and Windows 7!
    - Gotta start recognizing employees more

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Weird company to work with. Running into bad managers that doesn't know their own technology

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    location. Closer location to work in if you live in Redmond. Has tons of cash, so if you happen to be on projects that management likes, resource typically is not a problem.

    Cons

    Too big of a company. Too many layers of management. The company top managements is run by MBA's, not tech folks, so they only care about money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope you realize what Microsoft has become....the very company you were trying to avoid when you started --- IBM. You need to cut out more management layers and hire more minorities and women into your upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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