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A decent place to work for

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

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

Pros

stable job; nice coworkers; many different products to work on; good benefits

Cons

review system really sucks. frequent re-org could hurt your career growth.

Advice to Management

needs better technical vision; change pm/dev/test model

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  1. Great Company to work for. Respectful Culture

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people with strong personalities all around you. Great work like balance depending on which division you are in. The Management wants to invest in you and your career. Your contributions are appreciated. Very open and transparent. As long as you are respectful, constructive and specific with your feedback- even criticism can be welcomed. Can get competitive, but not cut throat- which is great. Great networking opportunities.

    Cons

    As with all big companies, things can get too political. Gaining visibility sometimes becomes more important than actually doing the work. This doesn't mean its a bad thing- it just means that you have to be really careful about how you communicate and really choose your words.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage great work by allowing people to be creative.

  2. Over 10 years at company and love the work environment.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Working with great team and great business partners supporting sales & marketing org. Tons of opportunities supporting all the different business groups, functional orgs such as Marketing, Retail, Entertainment, Devices and Services orgs as well as various areas around the world. Employees in Finance can pursue great opportunities to support any mix of these organizations and areas. Some managers allow flexibility to simply do a great job and reward employees based on performance which means you can decide which meetings to prioritize, work from home, etc. Just do a great job, provide status updates in weekly or bi-weekly 1:1 meetings and/or team meetings and you are rewarded based on feedback from business partners, lots of opportunities for awards and other recognition.

    Microsoft recently eliminated the forced ranking which is great. Even employees that received the top ratings are happy because we work with teammates that would get a 3 (avg) and not happy and those are teammates so we need them to be happy in order to have a good working environment. With the new review system I expect a great work environment! We are a company of top-performing employees so we all strive for the top ratings and 3's are not a good review (like getting a C in school) so I'm really happy with the change.

    Cons

    Like with most jobs your happiness will partly depend on your manager, your team and your business partners. If you are considering interviewing make sure to ask plenty of questions to make sure your goals are aligned with the manager and team. Unfortunately, the turnover is quite high at Microsoft due to people moving into new roles every 2-3 years which is encouraged. This means you may take a job and have a new manager in 6 months and the new manager may or may not have the management style you work well with; but you only have to wait a year to move to another role. In over 10 years I've had a new manager once per year on average with almost all of them being good managers and a couple great ones. Most are hands off which means you need to learn your job and do your job without backup. You own your career at Microsoft which can be a pro or con depending on what you want. Just know that you need to focus on doing your best and push for yourself. Managers are supportive but don't proactively help out - it's on you to make your career what you want.

    Advice to Management

    Great job with the review system changes! Continue focused on simplification (in finance we are simplifying in a number of functional areas) and driving impact.

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