Microsoft
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Updated Jul 8, 2014
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

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77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Work environment

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee)

    Prosprojects are great. lots of diverse projects to pick from.

    Constoo many managers. healthplan was great until it was changed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the layers of management

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    Fast paced, long hours, high intensity environment

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsMicrosoft is a great place to work if you want a fast paced environment, with long hours, and high intensity. It is a great place to get experience, but difficult for System Engineers, as there are not a lot of opportunities across the greater organization.

    ConsThe review process is brutal. And unless you get a quality manager with a high level of integrity and honesty, you can end up at the bottom of the barrel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMany of the managers have never been trained to be managers. They end up as leads and managers as a result of the promotion process. Better training would improve their management capabilities.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great if you have a good lead.

    Software Development Engineer (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsGreat benefits including good insurance coverage and prime card, and company store products.

    ConsThe old review system is awful. Maybe the new system is better.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    OK place to work.

    Software Development Engineer (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGood place to earn new technology.

    ConsPoor managers, pathetic culture and bureaucratic.

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    ProsCool technology to work with

    ConsReal leadership is pretty limited

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to learn about the software industry. Wide variety of products, business models and sales models.

    Product Manager (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsResources to do almost anything because of the size. Different business models and sales models provide a great learning environment.

    ConsGetting any one thing done can be very difficult due to size. Company has clearly gotten too big to move quickly which is why it has fallen behind or missed so many trends.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo on a diet and slim down.

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

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    just catching up

    Senior Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    Prosflexible environment, smart people, you would have ample time to do off the work adventures

    Consthey seem to be catching up everywhere, don't know where all R & D in research goes to.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet innovation thrive and take the risk to venture into unknown, stop the catch up game

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Forget about your personal life..Work work work

    Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
    Fargo, ND

    ProsGood salary and benefits. Good experience.

    ConsYou have to work day and night to get promoted. It all depends on luck, if you get lucky and ended up under a good manager, your life will be wonderful. Even with you a good manager, You have to keep improving and keep pushing and working very hard to stay in the company.
    If for any reason you ended up with a bad reviews, you are screwed... Very hard to move to another team. People sometimes go through bad time and ending up not performing well , right? will forget that in this company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Politics and Gender Bias taint the potential of a great company

    IT Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsBeen here for almost 9 years.
    - Play with new technology
    - Work with really intelligent people
    - Pay is competitive but see Cons on gender inequity
    - Benefits are still top notch
    - New performance mgt system removes internal competition
    - New CEO holds promise
    - Great work life balance

    Cons- Culture of consensus - bias for CYA vs. taking a risk
    - Gender inequality - Mgt has a *very* small percentage of minorities and women
    - Politics - the squeaky wheels get the oil and the smart, quiet introverts lose out
    - So many managers that it's hard to see if anyone is actually doing the work
    - Analysis paralysis
    - Hard to move up internally and external candidates are often given higher levels than internal transfers - even if the internal candidate is better qualified

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop telling women and minorities that they "lack confidence" and if they just start doing that, things will happen for them. There is a bias toward gender and people who talk a lot versus the talented people who do the work. Many very smart people get the short end of the stick and get short changed at review because they spend more time working and less time self promoting. What are you doing to support the hard-working, REAL talented high performer?

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

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    Perhaps a ray of hope

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proscompensation and benefits are good to very good. Medical was outstanding up until 2 years ago and moved to a savings account model, not bad, but not nearly as good as before. Work/Life balance is also very good and not abused.

    Cons"officially" eliminated the forced stack ranking which was killing the company by pitting everyone against their teammates, but the effects still linger as it has not been put into practice and some still following the old rules.
    Political? you bet. Undocumented rules and policies? tons

    Advice to Senior ManagementNew CEO Satya Nadella looks to be changing the company, for the better. He may be the only one, KT has to go, this ain't Walmart!

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