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

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Principal Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Principal Manager in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Microsoft 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.

Cons

There'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 Management

I 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.

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    content developer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Content Developer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Content Developer in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Flexible hours
    Smart people
    When it works, it works very well.

    Cons

    Internal politics - likely true of any large corporation. Review system needs overhauling. Currently emphasis is on collaboration, but review system undermines that by pitting folks against one another and then only rewarding those who are most visible on a project. It's become demoralizing to many.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the ridiculous review system.


  2. Vendor analyst in security

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Analyst in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Redmond campus is a great environment to work in. Microsoft provides many amenities that go far toward making the work place both comfortable and productive.

    Cons

    Work experience varies greatly across workgroups, and can be miserable if you land in one of several overworked groups. Treatment of vendors varies greatly as well. If at all possible, find people working within the group you are interested in to talk to about their experience.

    Advice to Management

    Bridge gaps between existing systems, projects, and data, with unidentified internal customers. Better documentation and communication could improve lateral leverage of many existing assets.


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