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A great place to work if you are savvy about career choices

Principal Manager (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA

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

ProsMicrosoft is a huge place and offers many options for individual career paths. Every one truly has the opportunity (but not guarantee) to make an impact that could literally affect hundreds of millions of users around the world. Not many people can say that. The company has also invested in making managers and leaders better, and is very generous when it comes to benefits, stock, bonuses with also competitive base pay. Depending on the role you're in, bonuses can go up significantly, especially in sales roles which are highly leveraged. The more senior levels get significantly more stock based on their reviews. Stock is granted each year based on performance and is doled out over a 5 year vesting period (20% each year). That means that after being in the senior ranks for a few years, significant amounts of stock can be had by high performers.

ConsThere's no doubt about it, Microsoft is a competitive place, and intentionally so. If you think you'll stay above the office politics and aren't savvy enough to know how to play the game you run a real risk of being trampled. Unlike some disgruntled folks, I think for the most part the system works, all sizzle and no steak types don't last - but the highest performers tend to be highly effective at what they do, effective collaborators and yes, successful at self promotion.

Advice to Senior ManagementI know its been said a million times, but the forced stack rank is draconian without more flex in the system. It also leads to at times negative behavior that negatively affects the company. Especially at the senior levels, we need people willing to take risks but our current evaluation programs disincentivize risk taking and allow people to make small incremental "safe bets" so as not to rock the boat and take real risks.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Pros: Redmond campus is a great environment to work in. Microsoft provides many… Cons: Work experience varies greatly across workgroups, and can be miserable if you land in one of several overworked groups. Treatment of vendors varies… Advice to Senior Management: Bridge gaps between existing systems, projects, and data, with unidentified internal customers.… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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Redmond, WA

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


Pros: Lot of resources (people, supplies, opportunities). Managers have in their commitments to support employee career development, they take it seriously. (Not all managers are good… Cons: You have to move up in your career, or move out. Lateral moves within a certain time period of any promotions are fine, but past… Advice to Senior Management: Get rid of the current performance system. It doesn't work. Comparing me to my peers, when I don't even know who I'm being… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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