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  1.  

    Great benefits. A company with deep pockets.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits were the best in the area. Nice campus with great cafes. Parking is easy, and the connectors made the commute somewhat bearable.

    Cons

    Individuals don't work as a team. During the interview, managers spoke of hiring me for process improvements. By month 3, I was told to not focus on process.
    Pay want that great based on the hours worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire people at a higher level then the work requires.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Internal culture tarnished morale

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits & challenging environment

    Cons

    Lobbying and throwing others under the bus is the new norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the people who are demoralizing staff, co workers, peers, colleagues regardless if they are 'delivering'. This was not how the company first worked but has evolved into a toxic sea of bullies and braggers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not the best place to be right now

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    There are some amazing people here. Don't get me wrong, there are some awful people as well. But, there teams where you can be really happy and enjoy just about everything you do without burning out in 6 months. And, with the org flattening that occurred, lots of the "bad" middle managers are gone.

    Cons

    Not so sure about the exec leadership. The pendulum has swung way too far with regards to flattening the org. There are a lot of very unhappy people right now that really question exec management's decisions. Don't expect the system to just work and you will be good...it often doesn't work at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Pay - Terrible crippling politics

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay - benefits, food, buildings are nice

    Cons

    The work is micro-focused. Politics is how people move up. Rating system is mostly a popularity contest. Gets worse the more senior you get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out more middle management, recent cuts have not gone far enough. Kill the review system, it is the same thing with different words. Not that they will read any of this, the management is so wildly overpaid at Microsoft they are just play CYA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Fun technology, but terrible environment for contractors

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on new technology, campus is nice.

    Cons

    Company politics can be cut-throat, projects are often changed or cancelled based on personal arguments between directors and VPS rather than on performance. Contributions from contract employees are not valued. Management does not seem to have a clear idea of where they want to go in terms of staffing with FTEs vs. vendors, recent decisions seem very short sighted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits, but horrible politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Compensation, Work-life balance is ok

    Cons

    Review system (stack ranking), politics, people getting promoted for the wrong reasons, have to spend at least 25% of your time managing up. Hard to make a difference. No innovation. You can tell that people get sucked into the system and would have a hard time functioning at any other company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way to reward real work rather than those who suck up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company being taken down by a new CEO.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits - health insurance is good (but was better as a PPO before being a high deductible HSA), free sodas, choice of wellness benefits (fancy gym membership or money for sports extracurriculars), on sight locker rooms with towel service, charity giving match, opportunities for free products, reduced cost software.

    If you get on a good team they become like a second family (which is good because work life balance can be bad - see cons).

    Fair and reasonable time off -- 3 weeks vacation to start, with an extra week at 6 years, and another at 12; 10 sick days, 2 floating holidays, plus 8 company holidays. Many managers are willing to be flexible if you need a half day, or run out of sick time to let you make it up in other ways.

    Commute options are good - free parking, complimentary bus pass, plus company run shuttle service (The Connector)

    Cons

    New CEO is taking things downhill fast by getting rid of test teams. Quality of internal releases has been getting worse for the last 6+ months with no sign of getting better.

    They tout positive work life balance, but if your product is at all behind, which happens often, you'll be working more hours than you can imagine. You don't earn comp time, so you have to just suck it up if they say you need to work a weekend.

    If you get an unjustified poor review you have little to no recourse. If you happen to get on a bad team, or a team with ineffective managers who won't stand up for you, you are screwed. Good luck trying to transfer, because other teams will be wary due to the review.

    Re-orgs happen ALL the time. This can make it incredibly difficult to have any sense of stability in your role, because you will regularly have a new manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The July 2014 layoffs were some of the most poorly handled and disrespectful moves I've ever seen. Many high performing people were laid off via a secret algorithm, leaving teams fractured and without the people they needed to complete valuable projects. What were you thinking?

    If you treat your employees with respect and dignity you keep morale high, and keep people loyal. But the behavior of upper management in the last year is indicative of a very unhealthy stance on how to treat your employees. I see high rates of attrition in Microsoft's future if they don't stop treating their employees like replaceable parts instead of people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    was not for me

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    great benefits, long term planning

    Cons

    totally data driven, 18 months in one position before you could move on to another, exceptions only if your manager agreed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A culture that undervalues collaboration

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company is filled with smart, passionate people working on a wide variety of products. There's room to move between products and up the ladder... to a point.

    Cons

    If you don't fit the mold you are marginalized. Once you get into senior bands the politics overtake the work. They reorganized in an attempt to modernize and improve, but the people with the power protected their positions and nothing really changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flattening out the organization doesn't help if middle management controls the flattening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pushing a boulder up hill

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    Current Employee - Principal Architect in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Architect in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Global reach. Exposure to all aspects of technology (consumer, enterprise, security, development, etc.)

    Cons

    To succeed you HAVE to live in Redmond. If that's your thing, fine. But if it isn't, well, you're done.
    Satya's huge gaffe at #GHC14 says it all - not supportive of technical women.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WTF? Can't believe a CEO would say such things at a women in computing conference. When will you redo SMSG? That org is high drag coefficient on otherwise brilliant products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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