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Updated July 6, 2015
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is what you make it; always been fine for me (in 859 reviews)

  • You will work with some incredibly smart people (in 991 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be very bad (in 552 reviews)

  • The performance review system is broken (in 400 reviews)

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  1. Sdet

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice environment, health cautious, good wlb

    Cons

    Appraisal is worst, management is not good


  2. Great company, but hamstrung by internal politics

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Access to the entire technology landscape
    - Smart people
    - Great benefits
    - Reasonable pay, especially for Seattle area

    Cons

    - Can't get anything done due to internal politics and turf mongering
    - 10 people are in place to do work that 4 would do more efficiently
    - Lack of accountability and clarity in roles leads to lack of rewards for good work

    Advice to Management

    Increase accountability. Reduce people.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Senior Software Engineering

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits, Challenging, Office spaces, Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Work life balance
    Reviews are still stack ranked even though they say they aren't

    Advice to Management

    Make reviews true. Separate the financial awards from the review ranking like other successful companies have. If you have 5 start performers, rate them as such. Then stack rank for financial rewards. Don't base you review write-up on where they fall into the stack rank. You are killing people who put their soul into this company.


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  5. Good company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities, smart people, good work life balance.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management, lots of people in the comfort zone and not agile enough.


  6. I love my job

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I love the people I work with on my immediate team, and I love my management chain 2 levels up. Our benefits package keeps shrinking, but is still pretty good. I love the flexibility in my work schedule. I think most of this has to do with the team that I'm on, not all my peers have it as good as I do

    Cons

    Our packages keep shrinking every year and once you're in a track there's not a lot of chance to skip tracks. It's hard to find a different type of position where you may function at a different skill level. It's easy to downlevel to try a different position, but it's impossible to level up to a different position even though you may be exceptionally qualified for the new position. The only way to get compensated at a higher level is to leave and get hired back, negotiating a new level in the process.

    Advice to Management

    cut the red tape, stop cutting our package. Satya is new, he's not a panacea. We still need to get agile and stop following the market


  7. Helpful (2)

    Maybe

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free drinks, cafeteria and no micro-managing.

    Cons

    Some people are snobby and rude and have the "I work for Microsoft, I can do what I want" mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone fairly regardless of race or educational background. As long as the job is being done as it should, judge off that.


  8. Seems good so far

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free Drinks, mostly coke products
    Loose Hours, I can come in as late as 10:30 and nobody bats an eye as long as I get my crap done.
    Simple Job, I make powerpoint presentations on features that I want added to the product and talk to customers to confirm what I want to build will solve their problems.

    Cons

    Hard to move around. There's not a lot of opportunities for networking here and you're kind of shoved into a random spot when you get here from you BA in CS.
    Reviews are worthless. People won't really want to do something unless it gets them noticed in reviews. You constantly have to "remind them" that your manager loves a feature and wants it done for them to finally lick their lips and get to work.

    Advice to Management

    Fix reviews. Your products will have bloated stupid features that only sound good to the internal politics of your review system. If reviews required numbers next to a feature of how impactful it was, and was reviewed by a third party, you'd see many "star" employees turn up dry, as their abilities in actually driving your products to success are mediocre at best.


  9. msft

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

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

    Pros

    smart people, opportunity, can be stable

    Cons

    large, slow to affect the right change, need to go along with the project of the day


  10. I Miss Microsoft

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Redmond, WA

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

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

    Pros

    I really miss Microsoft. It was a great company. It wasn't without it's own set of problems, but overall it was a great place to work. The people were generally dedicated and for the most part people there cared about others.

    Cons

    Microsoft has a lot of "not invented here". It limits the creativity and growth engineers can have inside of the company.


  11. Nice place with good people

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Flexible hours and collaborative teams.

    Cons

    Some disconnect with brand messaging across product development stages.



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