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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.
Benefits-Family Time-Smart-Team Orientated employees
There is considerable pressure on the Project Teams to deliver against aggressive schedules. The Redmond campus has excellent workplace balance functions which are essentially there to offset the extensive number of hours that tend to be worked. I think the overall career opportunities and job security in general are quite good now that the major restructuring has already passed. Pay is comparable to jobs in other companies although overall benefits including the bonus were much better then at previous companies.
Free soda, Good healthcare, 401k, bonus
Long work hours
The company is all about Windows for PCs and now is putting a big bet on cloud. All other areas and business are lacking direction and are targets for the constant layoffs. The CEO can get by with fancy jargon but can't answer any direct question. He is a great cloud person, however he should make a better effort to learn other business and open his mind for other opportunities. Pay and benefits are great, and in average most managers are good people allowing good work/life balance. Organizations are too complex and bloated, which impacts on the speed to get things done. No customer mindset at all, all decisions are cost and time to market driven, they haven't learn how important is to create and preserve a trusted brand. If they keep doing it, they will continue to fail in every new business and once the market fully changes the focus to mobile platforms, Windows will more to irrelevance, money will dry and only Office will remain.
Working with really smart people to solve problems and collaborate is pretty close to perfect. Add to that all the perks and you have an amazing workplace. Management throughout could be a bit more consistent, but they are human too....
Contribution matching, benefits, people
Microsoft is a great company to work for, the culture is great, excellent compensation and benefits, enough flexibility for both vertical and horizontal movement. The big issue is individuals can feel irrelevant making small things in the big scope of products.
I was lucky to have a manager early on in my career, highly suggest that I should move between divisions and groups to not only gain experience, but to use the knowledge I gained to help deliver great products and services in other groups. Microsoft has mini cultures within each division, so moving from role to role is like moving between start up's every 1-2 years. The upside of moving to new divisions and roles, you gain a ton of experience and can get promoted along the way. The downside is losing upward mobility (e.g. lead and director level opportunities).
Great salary, really good benefits, pretty much set your own schedule outside of core hours.
Way too many meetings, to many people responsible for making seemingly simple decisions .
Excellent company; challenging work, fast paced, great resoureces to do your work, very good compensation and excellent benefits.
Excellent company. Work is very challenging, complex programs and projects, and the pace is very fast. Very diverse work environment. There is international contact even for positions that are domestic in nature. Provides opportunity to work with and learn from colleagues in other regions (Europe, Asia, Latin America, etc.). Almost all work is cross functional; matrix environment. Great benefits (variety of free drinks and some snacks). Many jobs allow for flexibility to work remotely (e.g. from home, remote offices, etc.). Much is expected of the employees including long days and sometimes weekends. Co-workers (mostly) great to work with. They are driven yet easy to get along with. One tough situation is that performance is not only measured against objectives, but against your colleagues. At yearly review time, it creates a bit of a tense environment, but it's manageable. Management: in a 100,000 employee and approximately 30-40,000 contractors, the talent varies. The process for establishing performance objectives is very well established so "self-management" is very important. In addition, there are constant re-organizations so that could be distracting. There is a constant effort to minimize bureaucracy given the size of the company. Lots of virtual team work with regular progress reviews. Weekly for run operations and core teams, monthly and quarterly with management. A lot of interdependence with other groups so cross group collaboration is a must. Managing a large volume of email is a must as receiving dozens of emails a day is standard; in busy periods over 100 - more...
Challenging work, fast paced environment, very diverse, excellent benefits, flexible schedule, excellent resources to do your work.
Constant reorganizations, Work-life balance does not exist adjust or look for other work, very competitive environment measured versus colleagues sometimes impact true teamwork.
Diverse work environment with high degree of ambiguity. Organization reorganizes two to three times per year
Microsoft has some of the best benefits in the world. You are expected to move around a lot. Good relationships and exposure to senior leadership is critical to success. Calibration process is its greatest disadvantage to employees.
Great Benefits and Pay. Flexible working hours
Calibration process. Managers. Stock. Reorganization frequency
I had an excellent first decade at Microsoft and shipped many exciting products. Most importantly, teams had independence. This has changed unfortunately and the morale has taken a huge hit. It's all about limiting opex.
lack of attention to customer issues.
Generally good work environment. Some groups still have individual offices (great for accomplishing intellectual work), however other groups don't even have cubicles - just open spaces (very distracting).Good benefits.Most people get to work on products that have a major impact.MAJOR, MAJOR negative: The employee rating system puts an extremely high incentive on being rated better than your teammates. It isn't enough to deliver great results - you also have a big incentive to want your teammates to perform poorly. If everyone performs well, managers are still required by explicit corporate policy to assign poor performance ratings to specified percentages of team members.
great benefits (but decreasing), get to work on interesting products
competition between colleagues
Microsoft demands a lot of its employees and rewards them with a nice health care package, decent vacation pay, and occasional other perks (merchandise, group outings, etc.). Unfortunately, tides are shifting and more of those perks are being phased out as cost-saving measures and business efficiency become the company's primary focus.
nice campus, free soft drinks, private office spaces, generous benefits
long work hours, intense job pressures, office politics, limited promotions
The review and compensation system is a product of upper management culture, and is toxic at all levels. Benefits are great, so good for family oriented types, but work/life balance isn't great, so good luck spending any time with your family.Middle management gets almost no people-management training. Terrible at onboarding new people - it's sink or swim, especially for mid/senior industry hires. They're good at the engineering part - just not the human part.Some groups more cut-throat than others. Best advice for anyone planning to stay long-term is to push until you get a good review or promotion on your current team, and then immediately start looking for a new team/group internally. You'll get a grace period where you're bringing new ideas and making impact, and then after a year or two, move again.Timing is everything. Pay close attention to when management starts thinking about review calibrations, and try to hit your stride at the right time. (Late spring through June/July)
smart, friendly people. diversity. great charity matching and perks. killer health plan.
competitive, lumbering, process-heavy, many silos, narrow product vision, waterfall cycles, overly date-driven.
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