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Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.6 7,564 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(605 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber(in 675 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference(in 886 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance(in 474 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist(in 367 reviews)

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    Great opportunities, but still a slow giant

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

    ProsYou can quickly get notice and rise up and get into cool projects.
    You get compensated very very well.
    You work with industry experts and very intelligent people

    ConsMicrosoft has a hard time with services, since most people are used to boxed software.
    Please get rid of dead weight faster, some people really shouldn't be senior or leads. The review system is terrible at this.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't do things for political reasons and get better at running services.

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

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    Thoughts after 10 years....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    Pros1. 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.

    ConsBrand 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 Senior ManagementI'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.

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    Microsoft - The future looks great and now is the best time to work for

    Software Development Engineer II (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsUnder CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft is going in the right direction. I believe the senior leadership is doing the right things, making the Engineering changes like combined Engineering model, less management chain and focusing on the core strengths. As an employee, I get less tangled in processes and am free to do my stuff without micro-management. Great work gets noticed by not only by my manager but all the way up to the VP level and rewards follow. I am provided opportunities to take on additional responsibilities which paves the way for professional growth.
    Unlike other competitor companies, work-life balance is much better at Microsoft. I can manage to spend a lot of quality time with my family, take periodic vacations, and still maintain an Excellent rating at the performance reviews.

    ConsI don't have any cons to discuss at the moment but I am still not convinced about the Performance Review changes for 2014. We will get a better understanding by September 2014.

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

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    Huge challenges, scope and scale

    Principal Program Manager (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsSmart passionate people. Among the best HR/benefits and comp packages out there. Ease of mobility between roles. Puget Sound work environments are excellent - campus is top notch.

    ConsIt's become a VERY big place with a lot of fiefdoms. Advancing ideas requires willingness to not only make a case but in some cases extreme political gamesmanship. Too many eggs in one basket in terms of revenue generating products.

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

     

    Not a bad company at all

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood culture, diverse, build cool stuff (I am in Xbox)

    ConsThe UI is forcing me to say a Con.

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    very good

    Intern (Current Employee) Cty by the Se, TX

    ProsIt is a world biggest IT company, everyone like working there. You can make a lot of friends there,and enjoy the working environment there!

    ConsThey have all the smartest people there, you have to compete with them and that will be the hardest thing I think if you want to work there.

    Advice to Senior Managementmore money, more fun

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    An incredible company looking towards the future.

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

    ProsIf you're someone with big ideas and are also interested in learning and growth, Microsoft is a great place to be.

    ConsSome of the old school Microsoft employees are having trouble adjusting to the new Microsoft (even some executives) so you have to play the political game well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to clearly communicate Satya's message down the chain and not modify it to suit your own purposes, rather change your planning and activities to fit with his direction. Also, email distribution groups are now worthless.

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

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    awesome place to have a career

    Technical Account Manager (Current Employee) Sammamish, WA

    ProsPotential for personal and professional growth, passionate people, smart people, leaders who genuinely care.

    Consmassive, lots of red tape.

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

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    Great company to work for.

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsIncredibly smart peers.
    Work from anywhere.
    In-house shopping and stores
    Library
    Subsidized products.

    ConsOffice politics.
    Risk averse middle management.
    declining benefits - health insurance and food options.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOverhaul the middle management.
    Promote new superstar hires.
    Bring in fresh blood.
    Promote start-up scrappy thinking.

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

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    Satisfying and rewarding with a dose of bureaucracy and misdirected leadership

    Senior Product Marketing Manager (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsBusinesses large and small, global and local roles and a multi cultural environment makes for a great place to work. Benefits are close to the best in the industry and mobility to different jobs internally lets you grow your experiences and build a solid career.

    ConsSlow to react to market opportunities and often disconnected from customer needs due to its size. Bureaucracy and accountability overlap makes for a place where if you're not persistent it's hard to get things done. Often the most aggressive are rewarded leaving a trail of less aggressive but smarter and better people behind.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLack of business understanding from some recent leaders is misdirecting some significant changes and growth areas.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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