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  1. 509 people found this helpful

    Thoughts after 10 years....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop.

    2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice.

    3. Even with it's struggles MSFT is still a cash printing machine. This means if you can keep your nose clean and do reasonable work, you can have a stable job, pay your bills, feed your family, and not worry (too much) about layoffs. The stock you own likely won't tank, but probably won't go up much either. You'll get a bonus each year and some stock. It's a decent life if you aren't looking to light the world on fire.

    Cons

    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies.

    Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand out" and move up in the company. Don't expect your manager to be much of an advocate or enabler to help you meet your career goals - they are basically trying to survive the stack rank every year too. Not familiar with the stack rank? Check out the 2012 Vanity Fair article called "Microsoft's Lost Decade".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'll type it here - but I don't they are listening...
    1. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities.
    2. Kill/evolve the stack rank. Here's basically how it's viewed:. 30% of the company gets 1s and 2s - and they are happy. 50% get 3s and that basically feels like getting a "C" in school. This sucks for talented people when a multitude of UNCONTROLLABLE conditions keep you from getting into 1 or 2 range. The 20% getting anything below a 3 are walking dead. In summary, 70% of the company walk away from the review cycle feeling like crap. This is no good.

    After 10 years, I'm leaving - it's just a matter of time until I find the right opportunity. I need to find a company spends 90% of it's time building technology experiences, as opposed to 90% of its time building PowerPoints. And I expect to refuse the exit interview - because if you really cared what I thought, you wouldn't ask me after I decided to leave.

  2. It's getting too easy

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Good compensation. In some positions you can make a difference for many users.

    Cons

    Too many people are doing the same thing. New projects pop up all the time so that someone can get a win for their review. Many of these new projects are pointless or a repetition of other projects. Very little is really new or exciting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on creating great engineering goal and making sure that everyone has their own role in achieving the goal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Old-school tech company with new-school aspirations

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

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, work-life balance all great. Knowing your product will be used by millions. Getting to beta-test pretty much every new MS product. Lots of smart people who care about technology.

    Cons

    Deep management hierarchy can be frustrating. Even your skip-level may not know what is ahead in the next month. Low turnover rate and job cushiness means a surprising amount of mediocre senior devs who don't seem to care as much as they should. Size of company can make it hard to feel significant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep steering the company away from the old ways and drawing inspiration from tech startups to keep MS relevant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great people, ethical company, decent benefits but too many of the same old leaders!

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    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager Lead in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager Lead in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Smart, smart people. The culture within the company is starting to change for the better.

    Cons

    The company has a lot of opportunity to improve and grow in the market, but I fear it will be hindered due to having the same old leaders at the top. Keeping the same execs, but giving them new roles won't give us better or different results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously clean house and change some of your top executives and their direct reports. Hire more a more diverse workforce like the new person from Qualcomm, Peggy Johnson. Bring in some outside blood, trust me, it will be good for us.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Amazing 10 years, tons of learning, great people

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    Current Employee - Director, Business Management and Planning in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director, Business Management and Planning in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Company in the middle of a reinvention, great people, great benefits

    Cons

    Still too top heavy and matrixed, needs great patience and political adeptness to succeed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Solid benefits, a variety of teams and products

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    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

    - Good benefits
    - A variety of teams and products that you can work on
    - Many smart people
    - Company is trying to make some changes to be more agile

    Cons

    - Benefits used to be even better
    - Very large company so you can feel like you're not having much impact at times
    - Still moves somewhat slow compared to smaller, leaner companies
    - Changing teams is almost as much effort as changing companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier to change teams so that existing employees can change more easily.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great company to work for that could use some improvement.

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    Current Employee - Exchange Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Exchange Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    I always felt challenged in my position and that my work was appreciated. I loved my team and their willingness to share tribal knowledge to all the new hires.

    Cons

    The hours and demands of the job can be taxing on your personal life. I found myself working many late nights.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a structure that promotes healthy work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    Microsoft gives one of the greatest benefits. The company really takes a good care of it employees. The choice of product to choose and work on the in company is huge.

    Cons

    Sometimes you would be feel you are not getting the free hand to be your self and work like you may want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although the review structure has been revised but is still has the same bucketing concept among the managers, The management needs to train the managers about the new review system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Working at Microsoft

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    Current Employee - Channel Executive in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Channel Executive in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is the ideal place for people who have passion for their work and the desire to make an impact—in their careers. The company goals are challenging and that makes it great in my opinion. They offer fair pay, good benefits, (They changed the medical benefits 2 years ago due the projected raising heath care costs associated with Obama Care). The employees are encouraged by the direction of the company since Satya Nadella took over for Steve Ballmer. Microsoft has become obsessed with their customers and the experiences they have with their products. Additionally, they are more open with their product categories. This is demonstrated by their recent moves to offer the Office suite of products across competitor ecosystems. Overall, I would recommend Microsoft as a great place to work.

    Cons

    Here are the trade offs to the impactful work, fair pay, benefits, and opportunity for personal growth. Culture, one of the most challenging aspects of working at Microsoft is navigating the diverse work groups to get daily duties done. 75% of the job is focused internally verses the customer. Their are a lot of smart people who think their way is the only way to crack a nut at times. It can be difficult to deal with.

    They have changed the review process in the recent future with the goal of connecting with your manager 4 times during the fiscal year. These are called connect meetings. You are asked to request feedback from peers across your organization. This is where the challenge lies when working at Microsoft. If you have a strong manager and great team your career at Microsoft will go will.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Microsoft needs to change their review process. Recently, they have tried to address the process with have 4 reviews during the year. They need to stop asking to have employees across their organization request feedback on your individual performance.This leads to feedback based in perception verses fact with no ownership of the individuals providing the feedback to be fair or even accurate. Additionally, leads to favoritism for the few and good work by others to go unnoticed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company with tons of smart people

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn, very talented people with lots of great ideas.

    Cons

    Not a place to build a career. 80% Mid upper management riding the waves to retirement and won't bother with new ideas or approaches that require their active involvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mid Management: Just go! your wallet is fat enough.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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