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Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.6 7,549 reviews

87% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(599 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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    316 people found this helpful  

    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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    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

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    Good place for a career

    Senior Director Marketing (Current Employee)

    ProsCompany allows for people to move around to new roles and opportunities to grow their careers beyond one function or industry. Microsoft is large enough that you can be in the games industry for part of your career and the mobile device industry as another part without having to leave the company

    ConsThe company shift functional areas organization has limited the impact a single individual can have on business beyond their core function. When Microsoft had smaller division and team of cross function people you could be doing Product Management and Planning while also doing business management all in the same role.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake Innovation the core of what Microsoft does. Lead with Innovation, New Ideas and a bold vision that captures the imagination of the market and employees. Inspire and lead the industry.

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

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    Great learning and personal growth

    Principal Enterprise Strategist (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    Proslove of technology
    wide career options

    Constoo large and now a bureaucracy.

    Advice to Senior Managementfire 50% of middle management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging work, work/life balance achievable depending on your team and function

    Legal Support (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsOpportunity to exand you knowledge and skills. Great amenities like free soda, transportation assistance, including private Connector busline. Flexible work schedule. Technology to support mobility (i.e., conference calls, work from home, business travel, etc.) Autonomy. Great people and lots of diversity.

    ConsSilos within work groups. Average pay. Politics and no transparancy in reviews. Some areas are not amenable to upward mobility. The company is so big that it has lost its agility to respond quickly to the changing technology landscape.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore transparancy in review process. Truly LISTEN to employee feedback! Get a great marketing team!!

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

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    Great company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- great opportunities
    - good work/life balance

    Cons- strategy not always clear

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

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    Good company, treats employees well, tough turnaround situation

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsGreat work-life balance, excellent pay and benefits, smart people, it is best to work in a core business (Azure, Office, Windows)

    ConsFrustrating politics and indecisive management can make things rough. Lots of work left to do to change the engineering culture to modern standards, but I think Satya is up to the challenge.

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

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    Good Co. to work with

    Group Finance Manager (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGood Work Life Balance, respectful

    ConsBureaucratic, too many people, slow

    Advice to Senior Managementdecrease layers and increase accountability

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mixed

    Senior Software Development Engineer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsPays decent salary; Good benefits; OK work and life balance.

    ConsThere are Layoffs; Not for foreigners who need green card.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't layoff anymore. We join Microsoft because we have trust in this company. The day you announced the news, I was immediately thinking about quitting.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to start

    Software Development Engineer (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsLots of smart people, lots of work to go around.

    ConsBig, so your results may vary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more.

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

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