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Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
977 Reviews
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 859 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 991 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 552 reviews)

  • Performance review system basically encourage competition inside the team (in 400 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great employer, bad work

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Work life balance
    Great people
    Good Atmosphere

    Cons

    Redtape
    Legacy codebase
    Poor tools
    Uninteresting work
    Long product life cycles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open about product deadlines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great benefits, fair pay, bad career development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits were always amazing at Microsoft. It definitely something to consider when thinking about compensation.

    Cons

    I didn't think career development was enough of a focus. People management was often weak. It was a common understanding that if you stayed with the company long term your career growth was slower than if you left the company and came back as a new hire.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A nice place to work, but not for everyone

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - PM Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - PM Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    They spoil their interns like crazy -- talks from management, parties, social gatherings, alumni events for your school, gifts, food, etc.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, with a lot of focus on the chain of command and promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are folks who thrive more on being encouraged to be their best than on being encouraged to fit HR's promotion guidelines, even if those folks are encouraged to be their best in those areas. It's about rephrasing conversations about success.

    Recommends
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    Years of continual reorg like rearranging deck chairs

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    Former Employee - SDET2 in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - SDET2 in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Solid but declining benefits.
    some great core products.
    finally got rid of review numbers, but don't believe that means the stack rank is gone.

    Cons

    management buying into every stupid trend in the industry from open space offices to getting rid of test/quality.
    this idea that the more test you have the less responsibility dev will have on their code and the more buggy it will be delivered is crazy (so more test == more bugs therefore less test == higher quality). This is the most recent manifestation of what I encountered early in my time at MSFT when as we approached a ship date the quality bar would be redefined so that you were told not to enter any defects short of common crashes.
    same thing with open space, when I started every employee got an office at 110 square feet. then it went to fishbowl glass sliding door office at 65 square feet, then it went to open space in a "six pack" where 6 cube wall divided spaces shared a bay, then they came in and took the dividing walls, then the name plates for the six pack went from 6 name spaces to 12 just in case they wanted to add more folks to the space. Another group put us in a completely open floor with some nonsensical discussion about how open space ("radical colocation") would allow us to cooperate better. open space was so noisy they had to issue us all noise canceling headphones so now I was sitting at a desk staring at my boss in front of me with noise canceling headphones on so that my coworkers could only get my attention by waving their hands or sending me email (didn't exactly foster cooperation).
    review had to fit to a curve, so even if everyone was a rock star someone got screwed on the review (this was explained that it encouraged folks to move around in the company to spread out excellence). the result of getting a non rock star review number was that you could not even get considered for jobs within the company.

    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good for a few years, slow afterwards

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    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, close to home, stable company, lots of ongoing investment areas

    Cons

    Beaurocratic, politics, career development challenges, no-good no-value add middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of my way

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Software QA

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    Former Employee - Software QA in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software QA in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Nice campus, extremely intelligent coworkers, interesting work

    Cons

    Work/life balance. Competitive employees/culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much you can do with a company as established and large as this. New CEO seems good though

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great salaryand bonus/stock structure. Great online and in person training. Excellent and smart engineers. Relaxed and open culture. Benefits are the best among the industry.

    Cons

    Lot of entrenched management overhead causes little fiefdoms. Since Satya has started as CEO, seems like he is intent on changing the culture and emphasizing sharing and enabling others.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Pays well with good benefits

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good benefits (medical, 401k)
    Good work life balance
    Seattle is a great place to live

    Cons

    Politics
    Not much equity
    Work was terrible
    Lot of inefficiencies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More equity
    Make work force more efficient by avoiding duplication and making more workforce reduction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    From superior to substandard...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Smart people, good pay, great benefits, awesome campus

    Cons

    Unfortunately, they have drank too much of their Kool-Aid and don't realize they aren't the leaders anymore. Time to make competitive products and empower the employees again!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the morale budget and start taking care of your employees again!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    LCA Paralegal

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will work with intelligent, sharp-minded people.

    Cons

    The company does not have a clear view on where it is headed; mostly due to mismanagement by Ballmer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to listen to the product teams and innovate from within. Learn to lead not follow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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