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Updated Jul 10, 2014
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

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    Strong solid company, more business than engineering focused, lots of bureaucracy

    Software Development Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits, work life balance is better than the newer generation of tech companies (FB, Google, Amazon), well established company with virtually unlimited resources.

    ConsI'm sure it varies by team, but often feels like the company fosters more of a competitive than collaborative environment, even within the same team. Managers are hit-or-miss; your career can often depend on how lucky you were in getting a particular manager. Feels more "corporate" than other tech companies.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lots of upside, but poor management breeds apathy

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsGood compensation, talented co-workers, and a plethora of opportunities. Generally positive work environment, though this can change based on the team you are on.

    ConsManagement is focused on re-organizing the business and has lost touch with the market. Lots of people moving around right now, and projects are being shelved or killed left and right.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe instability since the re-org announcement has been detrimental to productivity across the board. 9 months after the announcement, and there still isn't a clear vision for some organizations. This does not make for a comfortable work environment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Exciting

    Engineering Manager (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsSalaries are great. Challenging environment

    ConsWork balance is poor. Company is poor in level changing even with great performance

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should reward high performers with constant promotions in all dept. & not only in preferred areas of business

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing learning experiences with smart and dedicated team members

    Group Product Manager and Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsExcellent benefits while providing competitive salaries.

    ConsWorklife balance is talked about as a focus by managers and human resources however in practice it is virtually impossible to achieve, especially in terms of promotion.
    Employees that choose to achieve some level of worklife balance are generally not promoted and depending on the part of the company sometimes are pushed out or just flat out terminated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDecide to live the talk you talk about employees the company and the reality is what she compared to its competitors it would be a vastly improved place to work and would cause dispirited employees to become motivated and passionate.

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    Organizational Chaos

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood compensation package, great work-life balance, lots and lots of different opportunities to enjoy.

    ConsDon't expect to be at Microsoft, at a stable position, for long. The level of organizational ambiguity lately has passed the healthy threshold.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great projects and engineers, weird people management norms and choices of managers, crazy reorg schedules.

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsGet to work on some really innovative technologies and affect hundreds of thousands of customer with your features. Smart co workers who work hard. Really cool opportunities to use the MS big data collection to improve customer satisfaction.

    ConsConstant reorgs (can barely count my managers changes on both my hands over a 3 year period), In my org managers seem to spend a lot more time managing up than doing an people management of their reports. It wasn't like this in other groups I've worked in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure that managers follow the guidelines, I didn't see my last two managers much. When they did show up for meetings talk was all business and not anything about my career even if I brought it up. There is no accountability for that except moving from the team.
    There is a clearly observable longstanding bias against non conforming people (women, over 40s, or racial minorities) in positions of authority. I can count on my fingers the number of times there was a non conforming (white, Indian, or Asian man of age 25-40) in my engineering management chain. It's creepy how it just continues and programs to encourage diverse leadership are. Change this or you will fail at recognizing the diversity in your customers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company with lots of problem here and there.

    Software Development Engineer (SDE) (Current Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    ProsLots of scopes to learn. They have different course based learning system (both online and in person) which helps to move forward in your career.

    ConsHigh friction environment. Ball does not roll smoothly. Many times people are rude and adds a lot of unnecessary pressure on development.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeeds a smoother business process.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Smart people, great company values, bad internal politics.

    Developer (Current Employee)

    ProsFull of smart, generous people. Remains to be seen if the new review model beats back the politics. Lots of areas of the company to investigate, so you don't have to stay stuck in one group forever.

    ConsNot very good people managers. I have had only a couple in more than a decade at the company. Some groups are better than others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain your middle managers to be better people managers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Almost too big to find the right opportunity

    Communications (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsFast paced. Smart people. Resources, resources, resources. A lot of opportunity. Always a new challenge to conquer. Amazing campus (Redmond), with more amenities than most 5-star resorts.

    ConsToo many contingent staff and churn. Although resources exist everywhere, knowing how to tap the resources is a challenge. Us vs. them mentality still an issue, although new leadership appears to understand this is an issue and a place to focus. Long hours, although not always equal across all teams. Impossible to identify the culture - work place norms differ substantially from group to group.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to simplify the mission of what the company wants to be and who we are - not just to consumers, but to employees. Culture differences are compounded by the transient workforce model. If you ask 50, 100, 1000 employees what Microsoft stands for, and what we're trying to be, how many different answers would you get? Improving the culture is not about a new corporate tag line or a marketing campaign, but about building a team that is committed to the same goal and shares the same values.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great benefits, because you'll need them.

    Lead Program Manager (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsYou get to work with some of the smartest, most brilliant people; there's always a great opportunity to learn while at Microsoft.

    ConsIt's a very stab-in-the-back environment. Teamwork is limited due to the annual review system. Upper management (general managers and above) all believe that MS is the end-all, be-all to someone's financial success, where employees and line managers simply do not see the same financial rewards.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the "People will work for 7 years, become millionaires, and retire" mentality. People want to make Microsoft a longer-term career. It's not like it was years ago.

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