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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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Even with all of the changes that they have gone through over the years, Microsoft remains a very attractive workplace with a competitive environment. If you want to be as close to the bleeding edge of technology, this is one of the few places that you will be able to do so at.
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Access to the latest "everything", benefits, the people you work with
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Very competitive, no room for people who enjoy what they do and are comfy staying in a position long term
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Good Company, Good compensation and benefits. Great opportunities in terms of skills and platforms. Great brand name. Work culture can be a problem for some.
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Management culture
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Strong benefits package. The company is undergoing a transformation, which is an exciting time compared to prior CEO's leadership. Much of your overall job satisfaction will come down to which team you join and the quality of your direct manager. Politics runs high, especially in more senior positions.
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Politics still rampant
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Microsoft is a great company, with a lousy work culture. Unfortunately, customer focus is an afterthought, and petty office politics ruin the experience of working one of the greatest companies in the world. If you get to work here, make sure you keep your manager close as he will make or break your career. Complaining and arguing are not well received, and if you do, you will be labeled and ostracized. The worst part is witnessing how people get ahead even though they clearly lack the maturity and experience. You just make sure you have enough verbiage to support the slightest pencil push in your evaluation. Other than that, the benefits are great.
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Competitive pay, great benefits
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Deeply Political, lack of relevant work, bad performance review system
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all teams have different priorities and the orgs never align so that you basically all have a gun to one another like it's a hostage situation and you have to get your demands met without caving to agreeing to do anythign for anyone else ebcause that slows down your team's other priorities. This is the antithesis of agile. Give your crews a chance to be innovative by ensuring that org goals have resourcing alignment.
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benefits
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lack of alignment on org priorities
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I worked as a contractor for Microsoft for 5 years and as a full time employee for 9. In my contracting days I worked in many different departments and in the advertising department when I was full time. As a contractor it was very stressful but a rewarding job with the challenges and opportunities provided. As a full time employee it was significantly less stressful overall and I always felt like we were doing something productive. The teams and benefits were great and they really emphasize work/life balance. I could not recommend Microsoft more!
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Benefits, pay, time off, great opportunities for advancement and movement.
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Sometimes red tape can get in the way. Same with any large business.
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I like Microsoft culture of diversity. The working environment is pretty comfortable. It had good compensation and benefit before, but now are getting worse (e.g. Medical Insurance). It feels that the company is trending down instead of up.
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Overall good salary and benefits. Can be somewhat political but overall a good work atmosphere and challenging. Peers are very knowledgeable and management has good experience.
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Although there are always issues when working in a large company, especially one as massive as Microsoft, there are pockets of managers who actually do a great job. If you are lucky enough to work for a manager who sticks up for their team, Microsoft can't be beat. The benefits are the best I have ever seen - you get thousands in perks you won't get elsewhere.
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Free frinks and snacks, great health care programs, even free gym
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Some managers are better than others
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Technically challenging, smart people that are a pleasure to work with. The benefits are great. so much that it allows for not worrying about items such as health insurance, which enables focusing on getting the job done.
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Microsoft is a very large company. If you are working in the right group it can be great. If you are not, it can be unbearable. The pay and benefits are among the best you will find in the Seattle area for any of the technology companies. The crazy competitive (some would way Machiavellian) environment with people getting ahead by tearing others down is a real negative. Yes you can get ahead on your own merit, but to really succeed you have usually have to tear other people down.
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Typical day @ Microsoft is very challenging and hectic. You get to work on latest cutting edge technologies. Provides good benefits and a great office campus.
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Good place to work. Lots of talented people. Not easy to move within the company. Overall the company is doing good and heading in the right direction.
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Great Compensation
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Difficult to move to internal jobs
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Cutting edge technology company with an inclusive ethos but driven to overplay the performance of it's people. I learned leadership skills and business management. The culture embraces diversity and inclusion. Performance bar is set very high and high achievement is expected.
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Performance review process
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Great company, great benefits, but very difficult to stay engaged and involved when remote (if your team is all out of HQ).
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Tons and tons of resources
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Lots of meetings, not a lot of progress
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You can change careers multiple times without needing to change companies. The compensation and benefits are outstanding, and the culture rewards delivery and innovation.
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Good benefits and different projects. Lots of politics to go through though that slows down the progress. Trying to move to an agile development has been tough for many.
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Management excellence is not consistent and can vary greatly across teams. Company needs to advance its commitment to diversity and inclusion of all groups.
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Benefits and perks
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Management; diversity
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Overall, good compensation and work-life balance. It is in transformational stage, lots of uncertainties and negative stress at times.
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Great benefits and pay. Super enthusiastic people. Great career growth. Gets harder as you go up the chain. Has problems that come with a big orgs such as things move slowly sometimes.
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