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Updated July 2, 2015
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  1. Great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

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

    Pros

    - Good career development plan

    Cons

    It's easy to get spoil by Microsoft benefits


  2. Helpful (2)

    Awesome company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Business Development Manager OEM Specialist in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Business Development Manager OEM Specialist in Redmond, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Supportive management great learning always innovative

    Cons

    So far great experience no cons

    Advice to Management

    KUDOS


  3. Sde II

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    With flexible working hours I like the good work-life balance here in MS. Also, the campus is beautiful. Although the food is not as good as it in Google, still a good choice.

    Cons

    Long commute distance, not convenient for me to go to work. But carpool is good choice for people who does not prefer to driving to work.

    Advice to Management

    Raise the compensation and benefits to certain level please, I know quite a few employees leaving MS for this reason.


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  5. Senior Software Engineer

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

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

    Pros

    Great company to work
    Work is challenging and rewarding
    Good career oppurtunities

    Cons

    Some management overhead since this is a big company


  6. Great Place to Work

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Microsoft provides a flexible working environment and encourages work/life balance.

    Cons

    Depending on the role, there may be a lot of travel required.

    Advice to Management

    Seek out talent and don't be afraid to look at what may be right in front of you.


  7. Great people, Great Benefits, Great Career

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

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

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

    Pros

    Every day I'm energized coming to work! Been here 10+ years and love it

    Cons

    Over the past 5+ years have struggled to stay relevant in certain industries - have definitely turned the corner

    Advice to Management

    Keep evolving!


  8. Helpful (1)

    SDET II

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Customer impact is generally quite high, no doubt that your efforts will have an impact on real customers. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    The stigma between SDE and SDET is still alive and breathing.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of the 'brain teaser' style of interviewing, and focus on pragmatic skills and cognitive resonance. Technical wizardry is rarely the thing that makes a project succeed - getting people who work well together and communicate is far more useful than hiring recluses that can code A-to-I in assembly language but lack the fundamental ability to communicate rationally and build plans that require integrated teamwork.


  9. Applied Scientist

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

    I worked at Microsoft

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

    Pros

    - A very stimulating experience for learning and growing
    - As an established company, they have a way to bring people to a certain level which is valuable to novices to the industry
    - Their standard is high, when you manage that, it typically makes you confident for other opportunities in younger companies, or comfortable to grow with the company
    - The company seems to experience some positive changes heading sound directions

    Cons

    - The phase of work can be fast

    Advice to Management

    - Seeking smart people always


  10. Microsoft Rocks

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Redmond, WA

    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

    Great opportunity
    Great compensation
    Treats employees well and their families

    Cons

    Not a lot of career hand holding.
    It is a sink or swim type of company so be ready to hit the ground running


  11. Helpful (4)

    Program Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Sammamish, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Sammamish, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Work -life balance
    Work on innovative products and services
    Great benefits : HSA , Maternity/Disability leave ,Child support, tution assistance etc

    Cons

    politics sometimes derails from meeting customer needs



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