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Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
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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.  

    A great company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    There are many opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    No cons to speak of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to promote from within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 451 people found this helpful  

    Thoughts after 10 years....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop.

    2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice.

    3. Even with it's struggles MSFT is still a cash printing machine. This means if you can keep your nose clean and do reasonable work, you can have a stable job, pay your bills, feed your family, and not worry (too much) about layoffs. The stock you own likely won't tank, but probably won't go up much either. You'll get a bonus each year and some stock. It's a decent life if you aren't looking to light the world on fire.

    Cons

    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies.

    Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand out" and move up in the company. Don't expect your manager to be much of an advocate or enabler to help you meet your career goals - they are basically trying to survive the stack rank every year too. Not familiar with the stack rank? Check out the 2012 Vanity Fair article called "Microsoft's Lost Decade".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'll type it here - but I don't they are listening...
    1. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities.
    2. Kill/evolve the stack rank. Here's basically how it's viewed:. 30% of the company gets 1s and 2s - and they are happy. 50% get 3s and that basically feels like getting a "C" in school. This sucks for talented people when a multitude of UNCONTROLLABLE conditions keep you from getting into 1 or 2 range. The 20% getting anything below a 3 are walking dead. In summary, 70% of the company walk away from the review cycle feeling like crap. This is no good.

    After 10 years, I'm leaving - it's just a matter of time until I find the right opportunity. I need to find a company spends 90% of it's time building technology experiences, as opposed to 90% of its time building PowerPoints. And I expect to refuse the exit interview - because if you really cared what I thought, you wouldn't ask me after I decided to leave.

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Company is very forward-looking with the new leadership (Satya). Culture is rapidly evolving to be caught up with, or ahead of, the competition. Wide reach, with lots of opportunities to make an impact on the world.

    Time-off is very flexible. Work-life balance is well managed on most teams.

    Cons

    Lots of legacy/historical process slowing down the company, making work frustrating at times. Currently a lot of churn to reach "ideal state" as quickly as possible (as mentioned in the pros). Company culture is still not very in-tune with the rest of the market and how competitors do their business at a tactical level, but this is improving in the last year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company but is moving slowly

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great products and smart people

    Cons

    not so good management hierachy and review system

  6.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Exciting work, great pay and benefits, ability to use new technology. Microsoft is a place where you can easily move around to work on new challenges when you are ready.

    Cons

    Lack of free food that is seen in many tech companies. Health care is no longer free, but they do provide money each year to cover a portion of what you might have to pay, so you just have to save that up for 2 years to no longer have to pay anything out of pocket.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide free snacks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Pay, Awesome Benefits, Good-Ole-Boy Atmosphere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, get to work with cutting edge infrastructure, great co-workers

    Cons

    Two re-orgs a year, constant office changes, it's not what you do, it's who you know, too many layers of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are too many layers between the employee and the GM or exec. There were THREE managers between myself and the GM - that's too much. Politics run rampant in that kind of atmosphere, leading to stress and poor performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Entry Level Job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation is competitive, benefits are outstanding, the company cares.

    Cons

    Politics, Compliance, HR is the true decision maker in the business, has become extremely sales based and hurts customer experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Good pay, not always good work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    - base salary
    - good benefits
    - can move around the company easily now

    Cons

    - lots of legacy work to support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Is that merge of dev and test gonna finish any time soon?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Outstanding company with great career opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very intellectually stimulating environment. Constant opportunities to learn and grow. Many career opportunities.
    Great benefits. Diversity is highly valued within the company culture with opportunities for everyone. Lot of flexibility in work arrangements.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is that success within the company has significant demands that can be a challenge to maintain a good work/Life balance.
    Recent health benefits changes have resulted in significant increase in healthcare costs for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on ability to manage work/life balance, especially for employees who must travel regularly
    Reconsider health benefits, which have become costly and complex.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Senior Engineering Program Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Vibrant Dynamic company focused on team success.

    Cons

    Big company with Dynamic Operating models

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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