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Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 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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    Business Development Manager

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great company, great benefits, a lot of options and career paths

    Cons

    Large company, too many layers, people worried about themselves and not the teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get leaner, and get more feedback from the field

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A mixed bag

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    1. You are working at a world class company. Good on resume
    2. Lot of opportunities for career growth
    3. Comparatively stable job and good benefits
    4. you can be an individual contributor forever.

    Cons

    1. Your focus becomes too narrow and you get insulated from the world thereby become obsolete in the real world
    2. Too much politics.
    3. Microsoft gets work of 10 people from 6 people. It is a coal mine and will suck your life out of you.
    4. if you get a jerk as your lead, your are stuck with him/her and that is the end of your career at Microsoft.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. The review process sucks. It is a "who is more popular" contest rather than real review of one's contribution or the amount of work one puts in.
    2. Promoting "go getter cocky" people is bad - such people have no people skills and people under them suffer as the newly minted lead/manager wants to show how great he/she is. Develop some policies about what kind of people should be promoted
    3. Get rid of most of the leads and managers. They are useless and making life of real workers miserable. Then promote properly trained people to be leads/managers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's all about the manager and the team. You are a number.

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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

    You get to work on products people might have heard of.
    You could make a career at Microsoft.
    Some are compensated well.
    Good benefits include medical, 401K, stock and even the cafeteria food is good.
    The CEO is making changes.

    Cons

    Many products are dying or dead but keep dragging on like Windows Phone.
    Recent layoffs degraded morale significantly.
    Chances of getting on a good team, with a solid product, and working for a good manager are very slim. The company's HR policy just changed so employees can make moves. Be very careful of managers that have more than one full time opening underneath them. Ask to contact former employees before you accept an offer.
    The company is way overdue to have the management structure flattened.
    The benefits have recently changed for the worse. If you have any medical issues, seriously consider if you can afford to pay the annual deductible.
    Food is expensive. The company has lost the benefits battle to talent competitors like Google.
    The CEO made a recent huge HR gaff about women.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees. Flatten the management. Kill mediocre products like Windows Phone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer II

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    has own office (for some teams); not very busy; not bad benefit;

    Cons

    pay is below industry average; too much office politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't become another IBM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company if you get a great manager

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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

    Benefits other than health (which I now consider a con) are great such as software discounts, bus passes, on campus cafeterias with great food.

    Cons

    Health benefits are more costly ever since Obama care was announced a few years ago.
    Work life balance can really suffer in some areas, especially where I am in the core Azure and dealing with excessive feature development due to 'playing catchup' with AWS.
    Some areas can still be super competitive despite being 'One Microsoft'.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great company, a lot of opportunities for growth and great benefits. Also a lot of great resources, with talented and smart people as well.

    Cons

    Did not like the politics. Not a great work life balance. SLAs were rigid and contractors didn't have very much room for anything else

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not the same old microsoft anymore

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits and work life balance (on some teams)

    Cons

    Lots of changes going on, team and product changes, roles changes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Hope for the future, fear of layoffs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Very good benefits, competitive pay, hope in the new CEO

    Cons

    Still dogmatic, the COO (Kevin Turner) has a forced 5% "Good attrition" which harms morale on that team, too many layoffs due to the Noka Acquisition

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    so so

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    work life balance, benefit, environment

    Cons

    salary, politics, no free lunch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire less, pay more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    If you love product development that tolerates delays :)

    Cons

    Culture favors developers and who you know in the insiders club. Innovation is long gone.

    Doesn't Recommend

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