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    Thoughts after 10 years....

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    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. Overall, a great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Cloud computing, breadth of areas, smart people, work life balance, get things done culture

    Cons

    Too much politics, fighting between org, peek out @ senior levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let talent flourish!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. It's getting too easy

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Good compensation. In some positions you can make a difference for many users.

    Cons

    Too many people are doing the same thing. New projects pop up all the time so that someone can get a win for their review. Many of these new projects are pointless or a repetition of other projects. Very little is really new or exciting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on creating great engineering goal and making sure that everyone has their own role in achieving the goal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. technology behemoth with pros and cons

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    You can find diversity of things to work on, many smart people

    Cons

    Politics is a large part of your work, sometime you are too far from the business and your customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get mobile right please

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Old-school tech company with new-school aspirations

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, work-life balance all great. Knowing your product will be used by millions. Getting to beta-test pretty much every new MS product. Lots of smart people who care about technology.

    Cons

    Deep management hierarchy can be frustrating. Even your skip-level may not know what is ahead in the next month. Low turnover rate and job cushiness means a surprising amount of mediocre senior devs who don't seem to care as much as they should. Size of company can make it hard to feel significant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep steering the company away from the old ways and drawing inspiration from tech startups to keep MS relevant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great people, ethical company, decent benefits but too many of the same old leaders!

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    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager Lead in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager Lead in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Smart, smart people. The culture within the company is starting to change for the better.

    Cons

    The company has a lot of opportunity to improve and grow in the market, but I fear it will be hindered due to having the same old leaders at the top. Keeping the same execs, but giving them new roles won't give us better or different results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously clean house and change some of your top executives and their direct reports. Hire more a more diverse workforce like the new person from Qualcomm, Peggy Johnson. Bring in some outside blood, trust me, it will be good for us.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great company with many talented people working on an array of projects. I'd definitely work here again someday.

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    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Fargo, ND

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

    Pros

    Always new and innovative projects available. Many great leaders and mentors available, great benefits and work environment.

    Cons

    Not as nimble compared to other companies. Still has "me" vs "us" culture yet have seen strides to change that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to push innovation and developing your future leaders. I believe in the platforms, just need to reduce costs for other companies to come onboard so apps are developed, allowing you to increase market share.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. software engineer for office

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    it's good, as you guys know

    Cons

    nothing want to say, he he

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more activity, re org to frequent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. New hire

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    good location, flexible working hour, could work from home.

    Cons

    No free food. I have not start to work yet

  11. Good IT company.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Nice working environment and smart people around

    Cons

    Sometimes not very efficient as a big company

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