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Microsoft Reviews in Redmond, WA

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 859 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 991 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 552 reviews)

  • Performance review system basically encourage competition inside the team (in 400 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work, but doesn't necessarily create a clear career path for the future

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Always challenging projects to work on, expansive scope of business, large revenue and potential revenue opportunity, pockets of great people, flexibility of work hours and location

    Cons

    Lack of long and short term vision that is realistic given the competitive environment, leadership out of touch with individual contributors, lack of clear career path, weak mid-level leadership, requires long work hours into nights and weekends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a clear long and short term vision that is realistic to execute, invest in leadership development, take a stake in career development for the people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Company under transition

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent reputation. Lots of smart and motivated people to work with. The new CEO is really driving cultural change and increased focus on customers in the mobile and services world.

    Cons

    IT department is lagging behind the rest of the organization regarding customer focus and innovation. The new review process is still a work in process, as such not consistent across the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many levels of management leading to the peter principle. If many of the "managers" would move to individual contributors the company could really take back talent.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Lots of potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Things are moving fast. There are obviously parts of the company trying to change for the better (customers, employees, stockholders, etc.)

    Cons

    It seems like management is incredibly, cripplingly political. Without some turbulence at that level, there will be stagnation. Getting rid of the "process enforcers" and low-value add employees was a good idea, but there didn't seem to be a lot of attention focused on management structures that aren't productive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Careful that with the increased speed that quality isn't thrown away and engineering time isn't wasted with shifting scope.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company to work for, balancing work and life is the employees responsibility.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good job perks, good benefits, good global working experience. New CEO is going in a positive direction.

    Cons

    Once you reach a certain level there is little opportunity for growth. It appears that those whom are most successful don't have a fair work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Excellent colleagues and supportive management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked with creative, intelligent, passionate people. The environment was supportive, giving me all the resources I needed. Everyone was generous with their time and knowledge.

    Cons

    The company's products are driven by the marketing departments. If marketing thinks the customers want something, then resources are dedicated to it. If marketing doesn't think customers are clamoring for something, it is actively resisted, because you get no rewards for creating features that marketing doesn't want. This means that innovation and creativity are inherently locked out of product development, because by their nature new ideas aren't yet being asked for by customers. It's foolish and short-sighted by utterly entrenched and every kind of compensation reinforces this policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Anticipate what people want and deliver that, rather than catching up with what others have already delivered. Devote a group of people to legacy support, and create new systems, from Windows to Office and beyond, that start fresh and aren't hobbled by backward compatibility. Write ever error message as though the entire management hierarchy's personal home phone numbers were on the message. Put the customer first, rather than putting the computer first.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It was a really great experience interning with MS Research Redmond.

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people and research environment with a lot of freedom. Above average benefits.

    Cons

    I did not find any during the internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I liked everything about MSR so please keep it the same.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good corporate job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Visual Designer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Visual Designer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly smart people, flex schedule and some exciting projects to work on. The campus is amazing. Work-life balance is good as well.

    Cons

    Very corporate. It is a very large company and easy to get lost in the shuffle. Also, a little bit "techy" but what else would you expect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Over-Reliance on Contractors

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Content in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Content in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Microsoft's Redmond campus is a friendly working environment offering many amenities and terrific benefits if you are a regular, full-time employee.

    Cons

    As of mid-2014, Microsoft still relied heavily on contractors to perform both core work functions and support functions up to and including the provision of desktop equipment and the organization of badge and security. The contracting of logistical tasks in particular resulted in considerable logistical confusion and delays for new hires. Badges are often delayed for one to two weeks. Contracting agencies sometimes fail to provide new hires with laptops and peripheral equipment until a week or more into their tenure. Contractors with core responsibilities lose access to essential functions in the midst of their contracts due to errors on the part of other, unrelated contractors located off campus. However, I gather that the company is working to reduce reliance on contractors, overall. This is seems to be part of the reorganization that began in mid-2014.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend that, at the very least, the badging and security responsibilities be centralized locally on the Redmond campus with ready accountability to Microsoft managers, so that they can ensure timely staff access. In addition, if Microsoft continues to utilize contractors, I would recommend tightening up the provision of contractor equipment. Agencies that don't provide timely equipment for their contractors should face some kind of sanction regarding future hires.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Long term and short term career

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work life balance and a great benefit plan

    Cons

    low base salary, slow move up the ladder

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more moving opportunities to go up than go sideways

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Executive Business Administrator in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    If you are a technology buff, this is the place to be! Always on the forefront of the latest computer technology. Sure the company may still have a smaller than desired market of the mobile business but the product it puts out is good and fluid and fun to use.

    Cons

    You are constantly on the job. The global nature of the teams allow for a wide range of experiences and interactions. But that also means that when you sleep, someone is asking you for something. Also, the company has more than its fair share of type A personalities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most people would rather continue receiving a paycheck and health benefits instead of unemployment. It would be better to stress a bit less on "fancy" waters and unmonitored food offerings and more effort put into actually helping your employees succeed and advance instead of get laid-off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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