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Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
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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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    Company Compensation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great salary structure. Good bonus for performing candidates

    Cons

    Bureaucratic but it is changing fast

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    not bad

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    good pay, compensatice, good work life balance

    Cons

    hard to grow,politics, senior management, lack of direction

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Interesting work, broad impact, good people but frustrating

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    Former Employee - Communications Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Communications Director in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Liked 90% of my colleagues. The work was usually interesting and had an impact. Pay and benefits fine. A lot of resources at your disposal. Satya is really trying to change culture, but he's turning the Titanic

    Cons

    SMSG scorecard culture has gone laughably overboard - time consuming and applied to everything. A cool-looking scorecard trumps real insight, actual impact and doing what's right for company & customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One Microsoft is a good aspiration, but still not rewarded (at least in SMSG). In fact, its the opposite. Have to make that real and hold leadership accountable. And while Satya has other near-term priorities, needs to move KTs ouster up the priority list. He's just got to go!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A very good company with lots of opportunities and very friendly policies.

    Cons

    Unfortunately my lead was an inexperienced lead. He micro managed and made the working environmnet very stressful. It very important to work under a good manager. Career growth is totally in the hands of your manager.

    I have seen the team leads of other leads and they are very friendly and very mature. Work is very good but unfortunately work evironment was very stressful for me because of my manager.

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    Director

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent talent to work with and driven.

    Cons

    Highly politically charged environment where real contribution can go un-noticed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dig deeper.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Decade in Microsoft PR

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    * Fast paced, varied work environment
    * Compensation
    * Benefits
    * Colleagues are intelligent

    Cons

    * Highly matrixed organization
    * Preponderance of time spent on internal politics versus what's right for company and more importantly customer
    * Middle management that does little in the way of actual work or execution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New review system is start
    Constant lay-offs and lack of strategic direction is paralytic and unconstructive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    PM

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    it is good in Benefits wise for employee

    Cons

    nothing for the cons on company

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    pays well

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    Former Employee - Hardware in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Hardware in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    above average pay, typically nice facilities, many good connections

    Cons

    poorly managed in some areas, not a great hardware company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen, engage, learn and help your engineers to grow the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Really depends on the team

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and intern perks; they really do try to make having an internship a lot of fun (probably more fun than being full-time). Seattle is a great place to spend a summer.

    Cons

    Old, awkward to use tools can mean you spend most of your time waiting for things to build. Some teams are so poorly organized that no one knows what the team actually does.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Consistently trying to figure itself out

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

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

    Pros

    good benefits and good colleagues. Access to technology to do your job and learn

    Cons

    Horrible management. People in it for themselves and have no concept of what a good Manager should be like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better Management training

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