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Updated July 30, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is what you make it; always been fine for me (in 859 reviews)

  • You will work with some incredibly smart people (in 991 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be very bad (in 552 reviews)

  • The performance review system is broken (in 400 reviews)

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  1. Pay is excellent, people are good

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    MS pays great - lots of extras that affect the total compensation.

    Cons

    Culture is becoming too developer-centric In a bad way. Arrogant, prideful personalities can succeed if they are great coders, while collaborative smart people who aren't as skilled with C++ are looked down upon. The leads to disdain towards the non-Dev disciplines, and a lack of structured testing/validation of the work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep obsessing about the customer. Focus more on quality - bring back the best of the SDET discipline. Pay attention to reviews from customers saying "Win10 is great, but awfully buggy".


  2. Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Interesting, with exposure to technologies

    Cons

    Projects require integrations with many systems


  3. Helpful (1)

    When you polish a turd, it's still a turd.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - User Experience Designer in Issaquah, WA
    Current Contractor - User Experience Designer in Issaquah, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free stuff to drink, thats about the only real pro I can think of.

    Cons

    Some very smart people in the industry can be found hiding under rocks here and there but the passion is zapped out of these talented industry leaders by far too much emphasis on process and a very unorganized and behind the times way of doing things.

    Advice to Management

    Change the entire structure of the company from the ground up. Who gets hired, how they are hired, how they are promoted, who is leading the teams, and the processes in place. Once you do this, then you will have a start.


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  5. Big Company, with all the perks & drawbacks

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Kirkland, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Still good bennies and depending on where you land organizationally, you could be super happy with a steady gig.

    Cons

    Highly matrix-ed company, and while they are trying to change the culture they still have plenty of infighting and old "softies" that rule the roost.

    Advice to Management

    One Microsoft is a veneer. Lost it, and find a way to build collaboration in an authentic way


  6. receotiinist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    It waa a ok expericencd

    Cons

    None I think of really good to me


  7. Technology Solution Professional

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Technology Solution Professional in Cairo (Egypt)
    Current Contractor - Technology Solution Professional in Cairo (Egypt)

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure, Flexible Environment, Multi National Company, Top notch software house, Always promoting the latest technology

    Cons

    Mainly Sales Organization (Target oriented), Limited platform knowledge according to the workload, Lots of changes all the time, Career & Life Balance

    Advice to Management

    Satisfaction of employees in the workplace


  8. Good Company To Start Your Career

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good to have a taste of what a professional working environment is like. Great to ramp up your skill in software development.

    Cons

    There could be operational tasks and random things that might not interest you. Company is so big so the impact you make might seem small.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have much to comment on the management team. I hope they can avoid reinventing the wheels among the organization.


  9. SDE

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work. Redmond/Seattle is nice. Some innovative things being designed right now.

    Cons

    Older company. Needs restructuring. Cost cutting in lots of departments.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more young people and get rid of the old non-contributing members. Some people have just been grandfathered into the company and are not contributing anymore.


  10. International Revenue Allocation Analyst

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    Current Employee - International Revenue Allocation Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - International Revenue Allocation Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large, well established company with great culture.

    Cons

    Career opportunities for vendors are slim.


  11. Microsoft Review

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people I have ever met work at Microsoft. They have a lot of products and services which means a lot of opportunities for the employees.

    Cons

    The services org is becoming more and more like a typical consulting company. Thus may be good for investors, but a lot of great talent choose to work at Microsoft because it was different. Now, not so much.

    Advice to Management

    Microsoft is headed in the right direction as far as products. Services need changes to adapt and compete with others.



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