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Great Place to Work
Senior Technical Analyst, MS Advertising Search BG (Current Employee), Bellevue, WAFebruary 15, 2014
Microsoft is a great company to learn new techniques, technologies and the business of tech.
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Great experience
Operations Staffing Consultant (Former Employee), RedmondFebruary 11, 2014
While my job was incredibly easy, it was contract so I didnt get pulled into the BS politics. My team was great. The worst part was the end of the contract during the great recession.
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Senior Product Marketing Manager (Current Employee), Redmond, WAFebruary 11, 2014
way too managers to get in the way of productivity. It's a great place to work but the politics and bonus structures are not what they should be.
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A company that is struggling to find itself.
Director, Marketing Analytics (Former Employee), Redmond, WAFebruary 9, 2014
Lots of smart people, all working in a bloated environment. Hard to stand out from the crowd.
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Testing mobile applications on various Windows Phone 8.0 and 8.1 devices.Testing new Windows Phone OS 8.1
Software Test Engineer (Current Employee), Redmond, WAFebruary 9, 2014
Testing mobile applications on various Windows Phone 8.0 and 8.1 devices
Executed exploratory, functional and compatibility test scenarios
Tested application networking, audio and video streaming functionality
Testing new Windows Phone OS 8.1
Regularly performed test device flashing with latest WP builds, analyzed overall process correctness, performed – more... device health check
Installed WP apps into flashed devices from the App Store and directly using XAP packages
Performed extensive compatibility testing of new WP builds against WP applications
Performed stress testing of new WP builds using high resource and load consuming applications
Executed manual and automated test scenarios using PowerShell and batch scripts
Application crash analysis: call stack and memory dump collecting
Logged bugs and performed regression testing of the reported issues – less
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Microsoft Retail
INVENTORY CONTROL EXPERT (Current Employee), Los AngelesFebruary 9, 2014
Pros: benefits for both part time and full time, free drinks and lunches on occasions, microsoft products (ofiice, xbox, pcs, and phones)
Cons: conpensation
A typical day at work includes providing 'mild to heavy' administrative support to the management staff and store associates. Managing the Back of House operations of the store ie. product procurement, ordering store supplies and spare equipment, customer phone support, shipping and receiving, and inventory control. I learned that time management is – more... key in my role as an Inventory Control Expert. The hardest part of the job is completing the amount of tasks that can accumulate in a day. I often find my outlook task bar filled up early in the morning. Therefore having a sense of urgency at completing projects and tasks is quite essential. However, Microsoft has many perks working for the software giant certainly means having all the productivity tools at your disposal! And the most enjoyable part of my job is opening and getting the first look at the newest PC models, Windows Phone devices, and the latest and greatest tech accessories (Xbox)! Management and co-workers are great to work with, the stores are relaxed and the phased chill as oppose to other high traffic technology retailer. – less
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Huge corporation, hard to make a difference
CUSTOMER SERVICE & SUPPORT - BI; SR PORTFOLIO MGR (Former Employee), Redmond, WAFebruary 9, 2014
Very smart people.
Very complex corporate culture.
Very finite roles due to being such as huge corporation.
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Great Company to work for
BDM (Former Employee), Southwest USFebruary 7, 2014
Pros: great team, good compensation package, great partner channel
Cons: limited opportunities as a remote employee, mis-alignment of strategies, programs and systems biggest cause of difficulties in work/life balance
Worked with a fantastic team who were always willing to support each other. Microsoft offered numerous opportunities for growing your knowledge across their solutions areas and technologies - challenging to take advantage within working hours. Often found that departments were so focused on reaching their own particular numbers/goals they lost sight – more... of bigger picture with customers/partners. – less
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Productive, easy, manage time well.
Receing clerk (Former Employee), Memphis, TNFebruary 7, 2014
Fun work environment. Benefits wasn't as good but I enjoyed them.
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Productive friendly work environment
SOFTWARE TESTER (Former Employee), Redmond, WAFebruary 6, 2014
Pros: calm atmosphere
Great team atmosphere that is very productive. The management is friendly and productive.
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Excellent company; challenging work, fast paced, great resoureces to do your work, very good compensation and excellent benefits.
Senior Program Manager Americas Operating Center (Former Employee), Fort Lauderdale, FLFebruary 5, 2014
Pros: challenging work, fast paced environment, very diverse, excellent benefits, flexible schedule, excellent resources to do your work.
Cons: constant reorganizations, work-life balance does not exist adjust or look for other work, very competitive environment measured versus colleagues sometimes impact true teamwork.
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 – more... 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 emails a day is not uncommon nor 60+ hour weeks.

Overall, an excellent company. Challenging work with aggressive targets. – less
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great company
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer (Current Employee), Redmond, WAJanuary 31, 2014
Pros: campus, people, resources, pay, interesting work
Cons: travel, weather, no worklife balance, fast pace
lots of growth potential in career if you work hard
aggressive schedules are tough on worklife balance
travel is hard on families
fun and exciting work
great pay
high degree of ambiguity and freedom. great for some and challenging for others
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Fact Paced work hard play hard, highly competitive workplace
Technical Sales (Former Employee), VA/MDJanuary 29, 2014
Pros: exciting tech company atmosphere
Cons: high internal competition can lead to inadvertent backstabbing
If you want to work for a company that has a lot of fascinating and intelligent folks then you want to work for Microsoft. Can be a great place to work if you find your niche. Benefits are better if you live and work in the Redmond area however the company benefits are good, the work can be rewarding and compensation is pretty good.
The company is very – more... large so there are many internal places to go should you decide to change jobs. – less
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An open and collaborative environment allowing great creative expression
Marketing Communications PM (Contract) (Current Employee), Redmond, WAJanuary 28, 2014
I enjoy working on the CSS team at Microsoft. The team members are great and the Director is even better.
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Technical Account Manager
Microsoft Technical Account Manager (Former Employee), Irving, TXJanuary 26, 2014
Pros: wide range of benefits and stock options.
Cons: extremely high expectations on the tam position.
The TAM position was unique in that it allowed me to meet upper management in a wide range of industries. It provided me with opportunity to learn and become familiar with many software packages from MSFT.
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LAB TEST ENGINEER
Media Production Engineer (Former Employee), RedmondJanuary 25, 2014
• Produce the Daily Windows CE Build for multiple phones
• Debug and troubleshoot build breaks
• Run performance, battery, stress and stability tests on Motorola, Samsung, HTC phones
• Install the latest Windows CE on variety of phones
• Work with Platform Builder
• Take part in Setting up machines for WTT.
• Run automated testing on phones and desktops.
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Developing some of the best gaming products on the market
Product Development Manager (Former Employee), Redmond, WAJanuary 23, 2014
Pros: great team, interactive environment, cutting edge technology
Cons: unfair treatment of contractors
• Managing relationships with over a dozen partners exclusively to Microsoft products. With also developing many new partners in the process.
• Managing the concept placement and designs of different products. This includes; product testing, art concepts, branding, product placement, and forecasting. All products in my ownership have had 100% successful – more... launch dates.
• Managing all royalty reporting from all partners. Also communicating forecasting, coordinating QBR, roadmaps, contracts, special projects, and future growth ideas.
• Managing legal contracts and amendments pertaining to branding, technical requirements, & License Agreements. Update all documentation our partners would need.
• Leading projects & managing other teams to complete projects on time. – less
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WORK
Production support (Former Employee), Redmond, WAJanuary 23, 2014
RESOLVED SAP SD TICKETS (ISSUE) AT LEVEL 3 AND WORKED ONGOING PROJECT WHICH I WORKED ON OER PLATEFORM
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Excellent global company
Sr. Business Program Manager (Current Employee), Redmond, WAJanuary 23, 2014
Microsoft is an excellent global company. The work environment is very dynamic and fast paced. The hardest part of the job is keep up with innovation and changing business environment. Competition in technology is fierce. The best part of the job is exactly the same; keeping up with technology is fascinating.
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good company
SALES OPERATIONS LEAD (Former Employee), MadridJanuary 22, 2014
very good company to work for, I was very happy there, very good people and projects

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