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Great place to begin your career

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Sales Director in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Sales Director in Chicago, IL
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Great benefits and it is a great place to be early in your career (years 3-5). Takes the competition seriously Good use of its own technology internally Excellent community focus and gives back/encourages employees to do so too

Cons

Very political work enviornment; field leadership can lack integrity Career moves/relocations expected frequently (2-3 years) to progress career Work life balance is the responsibility of the employee regardless of work volume and expectations Human resource department is very junior and lacks leadership for such a big company

Advice to Management

Consider having a greater presence in Silicon Valley.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Learned a lot since that's my first job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people around you that you can work with and learn from.

    Cons

    Benefits especially media insurance used to be good, but not any more.


  2. Helpful (1)

    OK place to work - Would *not* recommend to a new grad unless you get a great group

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, Stable job, Lots of technical resources, MSR has tons of cool stuff going on (but you need a phd to join)

    Cons

    Slow-moving (though some groups are getting faster), Hard for young, passionate people to make a true impact - stifles your desire to want to keep trying to change things, Stuck in MSFT tech stack (.NET), Bad resume brand if you ever want to go to a smaller company, Too many PMs often slow things down instead of help, Can develop a bad mentality as dev since focusing on testing is "not your job", Benefits aren't as good as companies in the Bay area, Management/teams are very hit and miss, Culture just isn't that exciting- lot's of 10+year vets (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), but it doesn't seem like many people are eager to shake things up. Many teams don't seem all that necessary (their cost:output doesnt warrant existence), or don't have clear goals (think internal tool teams, etc) As a young person, I think it's probably better to end up at a place like Microsoft later in your career.


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