Microsoft
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Updated Jul 10, 2014
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

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    Great company w/ great opportunities but bureaucratic and doubtful future

    Senior Business Planner (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    Prossmart people, great teams, great perks, work across enterprise and consumer products, work on devices, cloud services, productivity software, gaming - you name it, Microsoft does it.

    Cons- Highly bureaucratic, everything is decided through leadership consensus and takes much longer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOrg structure needs to change to a business unit model. Bring marketing, research, finance and engineers working on a product closer together

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    You have to love this environment to thrive here...

    Hardware Engineer (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsMet a lot of great people and life-long friends...

    ConsManagement without insight or imagination and desire for change for the better...

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to wake up and listen to those whom you hire that are the experts when you are out of your domain...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart, hard-working people... too much bureaucracy

    Engineering (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsThe pay and benefits are fantastic.
    It is a stable company. It's not going anywhere.
    It's a big company. When you get bored, you can transfer to another product without losing your pay, benefits, seniority, etc.
    Many groups are doing exciting work. People around the world depend on the software and product you make.
    I had great work-life balance, but this depends on the group.

    ConsIt is a mature company, and with stability comes a slower reaction speed. If you are really action-oriented, you may find this to be tedious.
    Strangers yell at you on airplanes for being evil because they have demonized your employer. This is childish and inaccurate. Microsoft isn't evil. The employees aren't evil. Everyone is doing their best for customers. But that doesn't stop trolls, and trolls are really damn annoying.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOld Microsoft gave decision-making power to project owners and their immediate managers. Now it seems that nothing is decided without directors and a team of managers debating things for months. As long as this is the case, Microsoft isn't actually agile. Empower your people to do the right things for customers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    "Fun environment - Disappointed never to be hired permanent"

    Ops Specialist/Contract Support (Former Employee)
    Charlotte, NC

    ProsComplimentary beverages, ping pong, pool table, video games for break time ... freedom to get the job done using your own methods as long as they were effective.

    ConsAs a contingent employee, it was frustrating to be valued yet never given the opportunity to be hired.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good employer to have in the rear view mirror

    Human Resources Director (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsGreat learning opportunities. Great place for those in early career who have much to learn and want broad experience.

    ConsNot a great place for mid career or those later careers. Emphasis is on building and energizing a young work force. For those over 40, the culture is a bit like a frat house. Boorish and arrogant with siloed and myopic views.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuestion your own story of superiority.

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

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    Learned a lot since that's my first job

    Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    ProsSmart people around you that you can work with and learn from.

    ConsBenefits especially media insurance used to be good, but not any more.

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

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    Great place to begin your career

    Sales Director (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat benefits and it is a great place to be early in your career (years 3-5).
    Takes the competition seriously
    Good use of its own technology internally
    Excellent community focus and gives back/encourages employees to do so too

    ConsVery political work enviornment; field leadership can lack integrity
    Career moves/relocations expected frequently (2-3 years) to progress career
    Work life balance is the responsibility of the employee regardless of work volume and expectations
    Human resource department is very junior and lacks leadership for such a big company

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider having a greater presence in Silicon Valley.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Cog in the Wheel

    Technical Editor (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    Pros- Availability of many jobs, locations, and projects
    - Interesting colleagues
    - Interesting technology
    - Great cafeterias, nice grounds
    - Perceived as a high-status company
    - The company is not likely to go under
    - Some projects are cutting-edge and exciting
    - Flex hours and support of remote work

    Cons- Overuse of contracting dynamic
    - Extreme hierarchy rift between contractors and perm employees
    - Once a contractor, always a contractor
    - Sexist; it's much harder for women to get jobs there than men, and they tend to be relegated to communications, support, and other "soft" areas; they tend to be contractors; they tend not to be offered perm positions; they make less than men in equivalent positions.
    - Ageist: Employees tend to be young and shiny
    - Salaries are lower than they should be, and IMO they have depressed salaries for the entire region. Great benefits used to be offered as a compensating factor for the low salaries, but the benefits are now on par with the average software company.
    - Massive stress to maintain "star" performance. Perm employees live in dread of their annual reviews.
    - Massive deadline and production stress
    - Endless re-orgs keep people's day-to-day lives chaotic
    - "Work/life balance" is a myth
    - The company massively oversponsors H1B visas
    - The biggest problem I have with Microsoft is that it used to be an exciting place to work, and now it is one of drudgery and enforced mediocrity, with employees viewed as expendable resources. I have even been referred to as "the resource" in meetings. And oh, the endless, endless meetings.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRegain a focus on product quality and innovation, and genuinely value your employees. They are not all interchangeable and replaceable. You've lost your reputation as an exciting, great place to work, and that's a shame. Microsoft in the early nineties was an exciting, vibrant place filled with fascinating people, and I met the best friends of my life there. We worked insane hours but at least felt like our work was rewarding. It's a shame for a place filled with the people possessing some of the best minds in the US to become a rat wheel.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Strategy is heading in the right direction, Organization Health has a long way to go.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompany builds some very exciting products and is showing more openness to hear the market's feedback. Potential with new organizational structureand CEO to realize some of the great potential.

    Cons50/50 chance of landing in an organization that will function well. If you land in one that does not the politics, unethical behaviors and agendas driven by personal interests of the management can completely destroy your career. Your manager controls 90% of your success of your career, if they don't like you, are not effective in their organization regardless of your contributions you will not be recognized. As a result many people promoted are not the most qualified or the "leaders" you would hope to see running the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership - consider replacing at least 40% of the management level of Director and above. If they have seen rapid upward movement without having actually had to own the results of their decisions (role rotation in less than 3 years) if the feedback from their organizations do not show a balance of diversity in the promotion and upper levels that mirrors the lower levels, both are good indicators they have succeeded by working within the "Boys Club". Not the type of ethical, moral and open thought leadership needed to land the challenges needed in a dynamic environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OK place to work - Would *not* recommend to a new grad unless you get a great group

    Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsGood pay,
    Stable job,
    Lots of technical resources,
    MSR has tons of cool stuff going on (but you need a phd to join)

    ConsSlow-moving (though some groups are getting faster),
    Hard for young, passionate people to make a true impact - stifles your desire to want to keep trying to change things,
    Stuck in MSFT tech stack (.NET),
    Bad resume brand if you ever want to go to a smaller company,
    Too many PMs often slow things down instead of help,
    Can develop a bad mentality as dev since focusing on testing is "not your job",
    Benefits aren't as good as companies in the Bay area,
    Management/teams are very hit and miss,
    Culture just isn't that exciting- lot's of 10+year vets (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), but it doesn't seem like many people are eager to shake things up.
    Many teams don't seem all that necessary (their cost:output doesnt warrant existence), or don't have clear goals (think internal tool teams, etc)

    As a young person, I think it's probably better to end up at a place like Microsoft later in your career.

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

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