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Updated Apr 11, 2014
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3.5 197 reviews

                             

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One of the best places to start your career at

Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
Bellevue, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

ProsCompensation and perks are right up there... at least if you work in Puget sound.
Obviously the enterprise is big enough that there is loads to explore
Excellent work-life balance (depends on the team though)
Very friendly people (mostly)

ConsEasy to get into teams that have flaws
Management screws up a lot and this could affect your day to day activities

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Experience differs depending on team

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) (Current Employee)
Bellevue, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat people, wide variety of programs to work on.

ConsInternal politics can stifle growth. Opportunity for promotion limited.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great benefits, boring and unfilling job

Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
Bellevue, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

ProsThe hours were great. I worked from 8 to 3 everyday. A lot of people in my group worked a ton of hours but I felt that they were doing mostly BS work such as spending a lot of time tweaking numbers on a Excel spreadsheet that they would then copy and paste into a PowerPoint that no would be able to read anyway. I never understood why people spent so much time on presentation that were still so terrible in the end.

The benefits were also great. I don't have kids, but it seemed great for people with kids. If your kid gets sick, you can just work from home for a day. The flexibility is amazing.

In general, work life balance at Microsoft is great for the life part of the equation, but not so great for the work part of it.

ConsI hear this is different at other parts of the company but I was working in the US M&O. It's supposedly a marketing group but no marketing gets done. People mostly spend their time trying to wave their arms so their manager or manager's manager feels that marketing is being accomplished. It's the biggest waste of time I've ever seen.

Advice to Senior ManagementMicrosoft's structure is bloated. There are too many people doing a few jobs so everyone gets into a habit of managing up in order to show that there is enough to work to warrant a job position. In the end, people get promoted based on political clout rather than actual ability or delivery. There are deep cultural problems here. Microsoft feels like a place where 40 year olds go to retire.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Lots of process, bureaucracy, and politics

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Bellevue, WA

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

ProsStable job, relatively good benefits (not as good anymore since the golden healthcare plan with no co-pay, no-anything was taken away).

ConsLots of process and bureaucracy, promotions are slow to happen if you don't play the right politics, and if you do play the politics, you have to be careful not to be on the wrong side.

Too many PMs to the point that the devs don't use their common sense. Bad culture - the people here do not feel ownership or pride in what they build.

Advice to Senior ManagementUpper and middle management need to focus on creating a better culture. Yes, the products are a mess, but without culture, there is no fixing the products.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Dynamic

Sales Desk Associate (Current Employee)
Bellevue, WA

I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor for less than a year

ProsThis team really thrives on self-starters and individuals who are eager to get their hands dirty. Management has an open door policy and are very accessible for any questions and concerns. You learn a ton of information about Microsoft and you are able to take on projects to further a skill-set you'd like to master. They offer tons of feedback and regularly schedule 1:1 meetings to checkin

ConsSometimes it can feel like busy work since you are managing so many different assets at any given time. Also, the first month you are in training before you touch an asset and then the next two months you are in training again.

Advice to Senior Managementmove away from contract model since so much time is invested into training, it seems like a waste to just have people for a year

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

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Engaging, but always needing a bit more simplicity

User Experience Designer (Former Employee)
Bellevue, WA

I worked at Microsoft as a contractor for less than a year

ProsHave the chance to work with really talented people that care about building great products.

ConsBogged down quite often by the bureaucracy. Product vision focuses not enough on building iterative features that can be added onto quickly vs. larger product visions that never come to be

Advice to Senior ManagementWork on small goals within the agile process that add up to a great product over time vs. a big splash. Especially on legacy products.

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A company that takes care of its employees. Every team/org is very different so YMMV.

Senior Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
Bellevue, WA

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

ProsExcellent compensation and benefits
Ability to work flexibly/remotely
Review system provides a good framework for growing and improving
Lots of diverse job opportunities within the company itself

ConsTeams can sometimes feel too large/bureaucratic

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Different teams have different work cultures, not two teams are the same

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Bellevue, WA

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

ProsAlways working with smart people that are passionate about their work

ConsToo many have "grown-up" up inside MSFT and don't have enough or ANY experience outside of MSFT.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire more people with real experience from the outside. Stop promoting people to people managers that have no business managing people.

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

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excellent company to work for

Research Intern (Former Employee)
Bellevue, WA

I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

Pros1. Challenging and exciting problems to work on
2. cutting edge technology platform to work with and learn
3. generous package in terms of salary and health benefit
4. bellevue or redmond is generally is good place to live in terms of community education level and nature and affordability

Cons1. too many people there, competition is intensive.
2. sometimes bureaucratic. need a lot of communication to push things forward
3. not much sunshine except for the summer in Seattle area

Advice to Senior Managementtime for a change into a more agile, nimble and innovative culture

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience but hard place to get stuff done.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Bellevue, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

ProsExperiences and exposure to broad reaching technology platform, er monopoly.

ConsToo many people, too many emails, and too many meetings. Hard to get actual work done.

Advice to Senior ManagementCull the herd.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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