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Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Great company to work for

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits Truly collaborative culture, not a dog-eats-dog world found in (mostly) other tech companies Razor focused strategy and execution from the leadership level Microsoft is cool again!! seattle is a great place to live

    Cons

    Politics at highest levels (not surprising) slows down decision making Engg. and marketing undergoing major change management/transformations. Creates ambiguity until things are completely settled Hierarchy flattens out pretty soon leaving little scope for career growth, especially people management

    Advice to Management

    Provide more people management opportunities to ICs which will help in their personal and professional growth


  2. Senior PM

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of scope to create products used by large numbers of folks worldwide, in capable teams with great environment and benefits.

    Cons

    Nothing really to note here; I've worked for the company for nearly 14 years and I'm still enjoying coming to work most days!


  3. Planning and executing recruiting events.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great team! Offers mentors as you learn your new role. -If you enjoy a fast paced work environment it great! -Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    -A lot of acronyms to learn -Could be intimidating if you are not a fan of fast paced environments. -Can't think of anything else.


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    Had a great Microsoft experience thanks to a series of terrific managers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    I really enjoyed my 7 years at Microsoft, during which I held a variety of roles in the online space.

    Cons

    Everything they say about the politics was true. If you have a solid manager that goes to bat for you and you do good work, you’ll be successful. If either one of those pieces are missing, be careful.

    Advice to Management

    It will be interesting to watch how the leadership team will steer and lead Msft into the more competitive future


  6. Large but relatively efficient

    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

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

    Pros

    Good integration of consultants and FTEs, well standardized processes, good communication channels, clear project objectives, relatively few levels of management for a large Fortune 500 company, fairly self-directed and flexible work

    Cons

    Policies have gotten more restrictive over the last decade, individual teams can very different cultures and conflicting goals, workloads can become overwhelming, too frequent reorganizations and name changes

    Advice to Management

    Recent changes seem encouraging, interoperate with Android phones/apps better, recapture the PC games market


  7. Senior manager

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to try new things

    Cons

    Culture is passive aggressive at its core

    Advice to Management

    Focus on collaboration and empower people


  8. Great Benifits

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

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. People are highly intelligent and a great environment to work in.

    Cons

    Constantly changing management direction made it difficult to fully understand career goals. This was due to my immediate manager and director. This is not your 9-5 place to work. You are expected to continue to work into the evenings and weekends.


  9. Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Ability to collaborate and work in a team environment

    Cons

    Communication across the regions can be dysfunctional at times.

    Advice to Management

    Enhance the strategic management process


  10. MBA student consultant

    Former Employee - MBA Consultant, Developer Evangelist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - MBA Consultant, Developer Evangelist in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great place to work well defined milestones

    Cons

    Wanted outside perspective but were not open enough


  11. limits

    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    working with talented people on programs & projects that impact daily work.

    Cons

    hierarchy system give little movement possibilities for positions.



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