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Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 859 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 991 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 552 reviews)

  • Performance review system basically encourage competition inside the team (in 400 reviews)

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  1.  

    Opportunity Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    worth to work in career, good benefit, and salary, smart culture

    Cons

    too competitive among peers, revenue target only culture, dinosaur organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do not just push people to make revenue, that will make smart people leave

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A cog in a wheel of a machine that believes it can have impact on everyone who touches technology

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    Former Employee - Director Category Management in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director Category Management in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Surrounded by smart people
    - A respected company (for the most part)
    - Is still ambitious and willing to re-invent itself
    - Still believes in its self and the organizations capability to change and compete

    Cons

    - It's trying to do too many things and therefore does most of them only average
    - Management seems to re-invent product strategies every 6 months (including re-orgs) and as a consequence really only worried about H1 (H2 is about re-thinking a strategy)
    - It's hard to manage your career as even with the new evaluation systems you are compared to others... but you don't really know who they are. So every year, bonus time is a surprise
    - Everything is measured and data is manipulated to make decisions. Very few people who know an industry and can make decisions that are obvious rather than go through a 3 month process to discuss it.
    - Finding a new job internally is all about the network. HR provides no support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I like the new open approach to competing platforms. But there needs to be a clear 3 year product strategy and plan that isn't just known by execs. Keep to the plan and stop reinventing.

    As for personal development there should be a mentor assigned who's also measured on your performance year over year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Pay, Awesome Benefits, Good-Ole-Boy Atmosphere

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, get to work with cutting edge infrastructure, great co-workers

    Cons

    Two re-orgs a year, constant office changes, it's not what you do, it's who you know, too many layers of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are too many layers between the employee and the GM or exec. There were THREE managers between myself and the GM - that's too much. Politics run rampant in that kind of atmosphere, leading to stress and poor performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Entry Level Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Compensation is competitive, benefits are outstanding, the company cares.

    Cons

    Politics, Compliance, HR is the true decision maker in the business, has become extremely sales based and hurts customer experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Be prepared for lots of change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance if you manage it properly. Reasonable benefits. Great pay.

    Cons

    Many re-orgs cause change in managers, which are key to your success and ability to move up in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good pay, not always good work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    - base salary
    - good benefits
    - can move around the company easily now

    Cons

    - lots of legacy work to support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Is that merge of dev and test gonna finish any time soon?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A truly amazing company with lots of talent, potential and significant contributions to tech, research & community

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Solid corporate values, pretty decent work life balance, lots of opportunity for learning career development and strong professional network

    Cons

    The company is so diverse and fragmented that working across internal boundaries is pretty challenging and can come in the way of success (individual and org). Team or individual failure is hardly seen as an opportunity to learn, rather a way to point fingers and weed out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Fail fast, retrospect and learn quickly together as a team and move on.
    2. Beware of sunk cost fallacy.
    3. Attempt inverse stack ranking for managers evaluated by direct reports and skip (up to 1 level below) - an alternate way to redistribute power across the pyramid and a scientific way with empirical data to normalize inputs and decision making by managers.
    4. Start thinking about building brand awareness and loyalty globally with customers through relevance as early as childhood, preferably earlier - touch points with Windows, Office and Mobile happen much later. Mindshare for competitive products and services is already pretty much prebaked at that point

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Flexible lifestyle, great people, but too much overhead and beauracracy to accomplish change.

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Working there for 8 years i had great leadership support, tons of flexibilty in my work schedule, lots of opportunity for advancement and i lived in multiple locations.

    Cons

    I worked in global groups with very long work hours, a lot of complication & politics in managenent, and with a company this large the beauracracy slows down all changes or new advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more direct ownership and decision making authority to your team managers, engineers, and those driving daily work if you want to encourage faster innovation and results.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great company that is making the right changes

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft is a large company that is a collection of small business units that operate fairly independently. lots of opportunities to work in multiple businesses with multiple models.

    Cons

    large companies like MS can move slower and be more political. also, lots of smart people work here, so be prepared to deal with massive egos in some cases. overall, i had a great time working here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    whatever

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    Current Employee - SDEII in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - SDEII in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Good pay, lots of tech, flexible work schedule, opportunity to move around

    Cons

    Too many managers who do nothing, too much process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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