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  1. Great company that invests in professional development

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    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

    Competitive pay, amazing benefits, challenging, supported, incredible work life balance

    Cons

    Arrogant coworkers, job opportunities can be limited based on locations

  2. Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, products & services. Lots of opportunities for career learning

    Cons

    Redmond centric, arrogance, not customer focused

    Advice to Management

    Think outside of the BOX. Be customer focused

  3. Director

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    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Golden Handcuffs were great, but at the end of the day it's not enough

    Cons

    Ever see the movie Horrible Bosses? Management is inept and the environment is toxic to partnerships among employees

    Advice to Management

    Too little too late.

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  5. Critical Operations Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

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

    Pros

    Nice facility, very good clean place to work.

    Cons

    long hours/ no time with family

  6. Empowered to break rules

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    • 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 5 years)

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

    Pros

    My team was a part of an org where we operated like a startup, from concept to obtaining funding to executing our capability.

    Cons

    Duplicative functions that didn't make sense made making impact much harder. Needs better sense of urgency across the employee ranks. Scrappiness is rare.

    Advice to Management

    Don't ignore the employee voice

  7. Support Manager

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

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

    Pros

    Great pay/benefits - on-site subsidized food (its not free but its still better than 99% of most other companies), health re-payment (give $800/yr to spend on health activities/equipment- I bought new skis), Medical benefits are as close to it gets to perfect, 401k matching at 4% (Nokia was 8% but not bad)
    Large company with tons of reach so you'll work on exciting projects (Xbox, Hololens, Office, Windows, Surface, to name a few)
    Lots of opportunity for growth (for entry-level employees)
    Company tries hard to make work-life fun
    Level of communication attempts to be high

    Cons

    Many teams working at Microsoft are in direct competition with one another. Instead of working together toward a common goal each team treats each other as an enemy. So sharing information is a painful process.
    This mentality has bled into the old Microsoft personnel and working with them is not pleasant. You'll have to constantly watch your back as they'll throw you under the bus without a second thought. This sometimes will be your own teammates!
    Growth is good at the start but Sr. Management is a wall. Lots of 10+ year Microsoft people clogging up the ranks making it difficult to move up past a certain point.
    No respect for non-Microsoft ideas (I came from Nokia and watched as they systematically destroyed profitable, revenue generating teams in favor of internal money losers)
    Don't rock the boat mentality (So getting new ideas off the ground is incredibly difficult)

    Advice to Management

    Clear the Middle Management Ranks, too many long time Microsoftees not wanting to rock the boat to get actual meaningful work done

  8. GREAT YES

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great offices relaxed environment and great CEO, top notch I dig it

    Cons

    Nothing really here, I have nothing to really complain about

  9. Innovators are not risks, not assets.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of challenges, amazing opportunities, and if you enjoy being diplomatic, you'll go very far. The trick to working at Microsoft is doing what you're told every time and asking for more. If you're able to do that, promotion velocity is high, rewards are strong, and you'll have a relatively stable career.

    Some teams are very in line with the startup mindset (looking at you: Bing, Outlook, Exchange, Skype, Xbox, and IoT).

    Benefits are decent, prime card is awesome, food is good, people are cool.

    Cons

    In list form.
    - Management does not know how to handle or reward innovators or tinkerers. If you're the type who asks "why" often, you'll eventually become unhappy because you do work for shareholders and they do set the direction.
    - Asking why will actually get you into a lot of trouble in some cases because you'll be looked at as a risk.
    - The current "culture change" is not moving fast enough (if at all). The CEO and low level management are very out of sync.
    - Because of the culture change, many new problems are coming to light... (what do you do when you find something more pressing than your day job? Do what's right for your customers, or do what you're told? The former should be rewarded even when it contradicts the latter)
    - Many of the hackathon winners feel like they weren't rewarded or appreciated from their efforts at OneWeek. Some teams felt like their efforts were absorbed, taken, or dropped (to be fair to Microsoft, it was a work event and I sort of feel they shouldn't be that upset over this. To be fair to those people, the did bring a bunch of new innovation to Microsoft and were not actually rewarded in many cases)
    - The recent focus on hiring diverse talent is being spearheaded by lower level management who are actively trying to manage diverse talent out. (I'm specifically referring to a group of people but I'm not going to say which group. I will say it has nothing to do with race, sex, gender, or similar.)
    - The current review system is heavily based on your relationship with your manager and your value to your manager, not your impact. (there's a slider...)

    *this will not be the same for every team.... Sadly, this is the case for the team I'm on *

    Advice to Management

    The culture change you preach is being spearheaded by lower management. Get rid of the three thousand steps between Satan and I.. Make it three degrees, max - everyone should be an IC. Create pathways for people to pitch their ideas and get them funded. Reward passion and company impact, and remove managers who do not. (even if they've been with Microsoft for twenty+ years). Oh and for God's sake... If you're going to hold a company wide hackathon, reward those who work exceptionally hard (such as winners, etc)

  10. Awesome

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Smart people, awesome work environment

    Cons

    Leadership sometimes can lead in a bad direction

  11. Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Support Escalation Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Support Escalation Engineer in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, great bonus, stock options, management pushes to see you excel

    Cons

    Can sometimes feel lost in a large company

    Advice to Management

    Continue to push us to excel, the team building is definitely great to keep us motivated

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