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Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
3,676 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. 480 people found this helpful  

    Thoughts after 10 years....

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    • 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.  

    Great place to work during the start of the career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great learning experience if you are just joining out of college. The people here have a great experience handling large software code bases, hence have a good quality code to work on.

    Cons

    Not as challenging as other silicon valley companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for. Challenging for new hires

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great and evolving technology stack. Transition to the cloud is coming along nicely. Great future. Great benefits. Decent pay. It's not going to blow your doors off but it's reasonable. You really get to work with some smart fun people here. If you get easily bored in the same job, MS is great as you can move around to other roles as often as every 2 years or more. That's why I've been here so long.

    Cons

    I've worked here for almost 20 years...and its changed a ton, mostly for the better, but it can be a very challenging place for new hires. I've seen a lot of short timers over the years. Some people struggle with the lack of process and structure in MS. For as large as the company is, it's still very entrepreneurial and not always clear how to get things done. They really do new hire training. Particularly in the field . it's a real struggle for people at first. It's sort of a sink or swim environment. There is ongoing training, mostly web based an a sales conference once or twice a year, but you really need to know the MS stack before you come here. It is a highly complex and matrixed organization that like most large companies can be politically charged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to simplify and streamline our business process and how we sell to customers
    Teach your mid level managers to be better coaches and less data reporters and baby sitters.
    Improve our support organization. It's outdated and not suited for the new Cloud and Devices company we're becoming

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company!

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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

    People are just amazing at Microsoft, always ready to help.

    Cons

    No cons of working here.

  6.  

    A great 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

    A solid, methodical organization continuously focused on improving and changing, adapting to the world around it. Opportunity to work of products that reach billions of people and help them being productive every day.

    Cons

    Sometimes a little too set in its ways, less inclined to be disruptive than other competitors. More customer engagement is needed in many areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue implementing the changes introduced by our new President. Flatten the org, reduce redundancies, more open source code, opportunistically offer our products on all platforms while designing on creating the next dominant generation of software and hardware.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    still a good place, but not like it used to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Researcher in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Researcher in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    socially conscious, technical excellence, can still work on relevant things

    Cons

    benefits no longer as fantastic; work no longer as important

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    preserve the research and exploratory atmosphere of yesteryear

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Moving in the right direction, could be great when KT is gone

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Good people, good brand, good opportunities to see a lot of IT

    Cons

    A mile wide and an inch deep. Don't think, do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move some strategy to the field.

  9.  

    Part of a big team

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic and challenging environment allows very steep personal growth to meet business goals.

    Cons

    It is challenging to meet product, team and business goals without losing "balanced" work-life perspective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue practicing rotating on-site manufacturing people resources throughout hardware product development cycles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great focus on quality and employee development. Lots of opportunities to impact and influence.

    Cons

    Very big organization and can be tough to figure out who to contact to get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue focus on developing great people managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company and people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Career development, amazing experiences, benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours, bureaucracy, performance calibrations, project management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on work-life balance and collaboration.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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