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If you are looking for accelerated career progression, you can take on a lot of work. However, you can also keep work life balance. I think it's a great place for parents with kids who want to place family as priority given all the benefits.
Really loved my time in MS, started on a 3 month contract and advanced to more senior role and permanent position. Great people to work with always felt like I was lucky to be surrounded by such good people who always had time to support you. Fantastic benefits and life/work balance.
People, Life Balance, Benefits, Progression Opportunities
Really can't think of any, i'd only be nit picking.
Everyone there is ready and willing to help people learn and develop. Tons of room to work your way up to the position you're best qualified for. There's always a difficult problem somewhere to work on, and you're never stuck in just on area. Moving between departments is encouraged every few years to help flesh you out as a professional.
The company is trying to innovate for the future. It is doing its best to stay in the game. I give it a lot of credit for succeeding in some places but also failing in others. Overall, Microsoft t is a wonderful place to work, if you are looking for the modern-government job. It is stable. The executive team is looking out for you. Your managers will differ based on the team you are in. Very typical of any large company. There is no standard way to progress past Level 63. It is based on your team and location.
MS has everything one could want to learn and grow your career. Lots of focus on employee experience. Highly recommend. MS is very engaged in local community and encourages employees to dedicate time to their cause of choice. There are a lot of learning opportunities and many different job disciplines to move to when the time is right.
No micro managing, was free to make decisions without lots of red tape, and could always meet with my manager if I hit a roadblock. Vey open door policy. But the 18 month on, 6 month off policy is bad for morale.
Free snacks, drinks
The 18 month-on, 6 months off poicy makes for bad job security.
Here, one is allowed the latitude to forge creative pathways to resolution as opposed to being told what to do. Leaders are smart and nimble, they provide direction as needed.
There are some toxic managers - and they seem to escape any consequences (and are even promoted!!) Generally, people that work there are awesome. Getting promotions is highly dependent upon your manager. It's extremely difficult to move around within the company unless you are an engineer or attorney. They post job descriptions to give the illusion that you have a fair opportunity, but they often are just required to post it per HR rules or to meet some quota of folks they have to interview - they often already have someone in mind. It's a farce, and a waste of everyone's time.
Limited promotional opportunities
Microsoft is for intelligent people who are willing to work hard. You will work with people from various backgrounds and different cultures. However, the products are often buggy and don't work. And the interfaces are clunky and difficult to navigate.