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Updated Jul 8, 2014
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

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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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    Great place to work

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

    ProsAlways learning something new. Lots of opportunity for growth.

    ConsUnfortunate to say but sometimes H1B visa employees from India will only hire people from their Country.

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

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    Microsoft learning new tricks

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

    ProsManagement now has a fresh view, on how to take on competition and answer to customers

    ConsStill a juggernaut, and any changes will take almost a year to settle in.

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

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    Plenty of jobs to rotate through

    Director of Marketing (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsMarket leadership in software, innovation at its core, great benefits, recognize need to change to meet market

    ConsLaggards in web, mobile, SaaS

    Advice to Senior ManagementGetting rid of stack ranking is good start. Need to treat employees as trusted resources and provide growth opportunities

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

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    New CEO Satya Nadella will Transform

    Staffing Consultant (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsWork life balance, overall compensation, benefits package, working with smart people

    ConsEmployee morale is beaten up due to so many years of poor leadership from Steve Balmer

    Advice to Senior ManagementI believe in Satya.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging work accompanied with excessive red tape

    Senior Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsBest enterprise work out there.
    Lots of smart capable people around
    Great place to get started in career
    Company is extremely community focused and engages in extensive charity work
    Contrary to outside impression people are extremely customer focused

    ConsExecution of bold ideas remains a challenge.
    Strategy too prone to be influenced by competitors
    career growth beyond senior requires a benefactor

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake culture more engineering driven and not PM driven

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

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    Steady Job with Good Benefits but Hard to Move Career Forward

    Build Engineer (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsTypically able to have a great work life balance, work from home, benefits are still good, Stay Fit program is awesome and the new review system has definitely improved the overall culture/helped to minimize teammates throwing each other under the bus come July.

    ConsTo move up or expand your career you really have to either move around the company a lot or leave Microsoft for a few years and return, rinse and repeat. There needs to be more of a push to continually educate employees on new technology and push employees for new ideas. Also the reorg back at the end of 2013 seems to have made budgets vastly imbalanced across orgs unfortunately.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe start of the Garage and Hackathons are awesome and should be leveraged far more for the company to push new technologies and help create/improve our products.

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

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    Good company

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsMeet with great people with great thinking

    ConsUnstable business environment due to new CEO, CIO and new acquisition

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    Good company working towards being great again

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of opportunity and mobility within the company. They are trying to change their image and are coming out with lots of new products. Nice work environment but not like super hip but many nice touches. Salary is pretty competitive

    ConsMany layers of management so processes are slow.

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

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    Work life Balance to the max

    Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsNote: your experience will change drastically depending on your group AND your boss.
    * Almost family kind of culture with most everyone being around 35-55 yrs age and super friendly.
    * Some very smart individuals some so so
    * Easy to connect with other teams and build a network
    * Can be working with some great bosses and have a nice relaxing career. So identify those people early on.
    * Low chance of ever being fired :)
    * Work for teams that matter ie those who bring in the cash and arent Cost centers

    Cons* Consultants hired by management control the game most of the time so be careful
    * Too big and slow moving
    * Internal IT team tends to be very friendly but they push back like there is no tomorrow
    * Antithesis of lean most of the time

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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