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Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
6,036 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. 476 people found this helpful  

    Thoughts after 10 years....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.

  2.  

    A++ place to work

    • 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

    internal opportunity to move laterally and upward

    Cons

    too much overlapping at middle-management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reviews are to promote ones success and areas of improvement not a tool to put one peer against another.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Emerging Technology Specialist

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

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

    Pros

    Offering endless opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Nothing to really complain about - typical start up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand the product line!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Depends on the team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    it is a great place to learn and connect with people in the industry. Compensation is very good. Depending on the team. The culture can be great or horrible.

    Cons

    It all depends on the team you join. Some teams really foster growtha nd learning. Some others are super hierarchical and keep you down with low prospects of growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some managers need to make sure they foster the right culture or all the great upcoming talent will flee to competitors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I have had the opportunity to work on many new products, which has been extremely exciting.

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

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

    Pros

    In certain areas, Microsoft is pushing the technology barriers and is getting involved in many new, exciting products. They also present many opportunities to move through-out the company.

    Cons

    The company tends to go through too many re-orgs which causes a lot of inefficiencies. At times they are not nimble enough to make fast decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please make up your mind and ensure that your plans are communicated down clearly vs getting everyone to react without clarity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great engineers in emerging culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    good engineering practices, smart people, diverse product lines to work on

    Cons

    lot of employees are still old school, not fast enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the youngsters

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great place to work; large company agility

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    - Very smart people
    - Products touch every area of software (and some significant hardware)
    - Pay (in Seattle) is great against cost-of-living
    - Benefits are fantastic

    Cons

    - Large company syndrome- 100K employees doesn't move fast.
    - Very slowly converting to a more agile software mindset, but large chunks are still box-product thinkers
    - Tendency to group-think about brands, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Account Executive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Work life balance, benefits, growth potential, new CEO with a clear vision and desire to change the companies culture and future, manage your own business within a LARGE org., client focus

    Cons

    Silos, too many layers, field empowerment, month to month focus is unrealistic in in the old perpetual revenue model. Not a sales centric organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adapt to annuity based compensation model and a relationship model, continue to remove silos

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    good place to work and learn.

    Cons

    work can be stressful sometimes

  11.  

    Good place to learn

    • 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

    Experienced, smart coworkers, good health benefits

    Cons

    Political, no real impact

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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