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What it's like to work for Microsoft, outside Redmond.

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Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

Microsoft takes great care of its employees. I feel that they invest a lot in their employees, from training to funding/empowering your projects, and they have set up frameworks to make sure your manager supports your career development. The 100% free health care/dental/vision benefits completely remove stress from that area of your life.

Cons

The biggest downside of working for Microsoft, but outside Redmond headquarters, is the poor brand reputation among everyone outside Microsoft, especially in Silicon Valley. They are not known for creating great consumer services, so they are not well liked when compared to other consumer-centric companies. That cuts into the pride I have in working for Microsoft - only the employees inside learn what a great company it is. That might be fine when you live in the Seattle area where Microsoft dominates, but it's pretty hard in the field when everyone favors your competitors.
Because Microsoft is such a large company, you may feel that you don't have as much control of your projects as you would have in a smaller company. They have a team and a framework or template for everything, so sometimes it feels like you can just turn off your brain and use all the resources they have set up.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If you're going to do consumer services, do them right - stop releasing junk that just erodes Microsoft brand value. Don't pat yourself on the back for how many users you got just by coasting on the Microsoft/MSN brands. Go for the smart silicon valley users by actually building a superior consumer service (based on consumer needs, not feature lists) - this will take a complete reinvention of the services from the ground up, instead of tacking on new features to old code bases, frankenstein-style.

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    Only good for parents' bumper stickers "My child works for Microsoft"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Microsoft is this world's largest software development company, this looks good to future employeers. Employees receive discounts when purchasing normally overpriced software.

    Cons

    You have to pay for food and snacks. Not a comfortable work environment, they discourage peaceful and collaborative working. They do not promote based on quality of work instead they promote based on popularity and their review system. Hard work is NEVER rewarded here, instead employees are promoted when they do less work and leave early. At Microsoft, if one person in management, regardless of their direct connection to you, doesn't like you, your next review will be damaged. I've received only one 0.5% raise in nearly 5 years of service. Microsoft has horrible retention of long term employees. Management is free to ridicule employees. They 'claim' raises and promotions can happen any time but I have never seen anyone recieve a promotion or raise outside of once a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the survey feedback provided by employees, not just the management feedback. Attempt to correct salary and level mistakes as soon as possible. I have seen many highly talented people leave Microsoft after a couple years because Microsoft fails to appreciate employees.

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    The best corporate job in the world, if you want a corporate job.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Resources a mile wide and a mile deep. Microsoft has lots of money and is committed to spending in on its people. So compensation is excellent, benefits are out of the world, and you'll have everything you need in terms of hardware, software, and staffing. As a result, they attract the best people in the world, which is the best resource of all. You will never find smarter people or better managers.

    Cons

    It seems like everyone on the outside hates Microsoft, which can make it a little demoralizing to work there. It is a large company, and even though it is broken up into usefully small groups there is a vast bureaucracy. Government interference means even more bureaucracy - protocols need to be documented, emails need to be retained (and carefully composed). And Microsoft as a company has no taste, as Steve Jobs once pointed out, which means they make stupid errors about products. That's an uphill battle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire someone with good, strong opinions about software to help guide Microsoft out of its "do everything" madness. Do a few things well instead of everything mediocrely.

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