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Great opportunity to learn with fellow employees in a working environment that is vert team orientated. Very smart engineers that are willing to help others succeed. Great work/family lifestyle. Good Communications with Upper Management.High visibility projects where you get notice by upper management.
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Benefits-Family Time-Smart-Team Orientated employees
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May not be competitive on salary but it is a very good place to work. Hardest part of the job is to get out of meetings, the most enjoyable part of the job is the inclusiveness.
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MS is a great place to work. Beautiful campus. The compensation, benefits and perks are fantastic. The culture is inclusive and diverse. The overall vibe on campus is intense but relaxed.
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The churn from reorganizations makes team and relational cohesiveness elusive, sapping the synergies of orgs and individuals. It's like building a house and constantly having all the subs suddenly change multiple times. The "new team" now has to figure out what was done, where the pipes and wires were laid, and frequently either busts into the walls to redo what was already done, or suddenly finds a short circuit due to mistakingly cutting into an wire or pipe, or has vermin infesting the structure because holes were left gaping because the person who was formerly working on structure was moved to a new job. Moreover, I have frequently observed that annual mandated quotas of 5-10% "poor performance" rating system forces out amazing colleagues, not because of poor performance, but due to meeting arbitrary quotas. Ironically, the horrible impact to the churn mentioned above, plus the stress on staff, far exceed any theoretical benefit of "culling the poor performers." (Yes, there are sometimes bonafide poor performers, but 5-10% a year? What changed? MS hired them believing they were great. So did really 5-10% suddenly become bad performers each year, or is there something endemic with the organization that could be at play here? How much better would it be to really invest in those people assets to either get them the skills needed or help them find a great match for their skills and experience in another group?) I have had amazing bosses and brilliant colleagues suddenly disappear from the company because some GM or VP had to meet a quota number set by some HR "expert", - more...
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Smart colleagues, great benefits, challenging work, telecommuting
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Re-org churn, managers who are not good people managers, annual quota firing policy
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Overall Microsoft's benefits are very good compared to other companies in the industry. The company has changed a lot over the last 15 years. Microsoft will continue to get better as the old managers are moved out and new management is brought in. Many of the existing managers maintain decades old loyalty and shield mediocre managers. The downside is that it prevents these individuals from getting better. Many divisions within the company have strived to improve their culture (Office) while others are still very political (Xbox); and the right people need to like you for you to grow in your career.
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401k match at 50% up to the IRS limit
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No free lunches
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Much changed in the past five years, Microsoft continues to improve. From a top-down impetus from Satya, being open and self-critical are now the hallmarks of the company. While the compensation is very good, not excellent, the work-life balance is excellent and the work environment is generally very good.
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There is no limit to what you can learn at Microsoft. It is a face-paced company that is an undisputed leader in a fast-paced industry. I have had many opportunities to re-invent myself over the years and I am most grateful to have the opportunity to do so. The benefits are outstanding.
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Driven by our Mission to empower everyone on the planet to achieve more. . .and we do!
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Can be high pressure. . . but welcome to the technology industry!
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Tons of different teams/products to work on. Fairly good work/life balance. Lots of opportunities to work on high visibility projects early on in my career. Lots of resources available for early in career growth. Great perks. Good benefits
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Fully Paid Health Insurance, Great 401k match, Decent work/life balance
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Expensive food, lots of bureaucracy
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My career at MS started out well, I was in a great group, but then my group was dissolved and my team scattered across Microsoft in new jobs that many of us were not ready for. There are many good things about MS, but culture is not as good in some teams as they would make you think. It's very team specific.
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Compensation, benefits
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Highly specialized and software engineer tilted
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Great place to work for depending on which team you are in and how company driven is your manager. Good benefits however job security is very uncertain so people focus on manager management rather than on product quality and customer satisfaction.
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Great company to work for. Good environment. Good people. Good technology. Great perks. Great benefits. Great place for women to work. Great place for LGBT to work
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Great benefits. The company has made many changes in vision over the past few years and the change shows. Internal engineering is a challenging department in which to work, but most other groups are solid.
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At Microsoft you get to work with very smart people and if you are driven and can collaborate well will help you grow better. It does require to be aware enough to be at right place at the right time.
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Great benefits overall
Cons
Career growth is generally slow
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There is no such thing as job security. Great benefits. Performance process breads lack of trust and competitiveness within the organization unfortunately.
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Working for Microsoft is great. Good work/life balance. Compensation is not stellar, but benefits and work/life balance makes up for it. In general, everyone wants to do the right thing and everyone is fighting the same fight.
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Compensation
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Microsoft provided a great opportunity to grow and expand my career. Training is available in class and on demand, benefits are some of the best in the industry and compensation is solid. They are changing their business and shifting to a much younger workforce.
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Wages, Benefits, opportunities
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Frequent re-orgs, bureaucracy and meeting driven.
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Sathya transformed the company and engineers are amazing. The company is a leader in azure business and everyday is filled with opportunities. MICROSOFT is the company of future for trusted partners and platforms
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Benefits and culture
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Middle management
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Msft is a very good employer with great benefits and opportunities for career growth if you're favorable viewed in the political arena, which is important for advancement along with other criteria.
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Benefits, free beverages etc
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cut throat, not collaborative
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Great company and benefits Great place to work unless you end up with bad managers who seem to keep their position in spite of bad reviews. Unfortunately nepotism happens in the company Growth mindset help increase collaboration within the company
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good benefits and work life balance
Cons
bad managers, politics
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Culture changes at Microsoft started before executive decisions were made for organizational restructuring. Restructuring started at the top with John Thompson and Steve Ballmer before the cascading throughout the enterprise began. Great benefits and compensation, including bonus program.
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Not a lot of room for advancement unless you're in the inner circle, which happens to be all male. A lot of bad decisions get implemented because of the buddy system.
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Good 401k plan.
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Long hours, and not much got done
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