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Updated April 27, 2015
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  1. Nice company with cool culture

    Former Contractor - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    no licence issue, good culture, nice work environment

    Cons

    too much going on, no focus

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work if you have some patience

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great organization with lots of smart people. Really large scale business with extremely important impact to many large corporations

    Cons

    Never ending reorgs, internal politics, old timers who don't want to leave because they have way too much stocks

    Advice to Management

    Open the way of the young and talented engineers by giving them fair ability to grow as someone who has been in the company long time but no longer doing anything useful

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

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

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

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

    Pros

    Salary, perks, smart colleagues. Lots of opportunities to grow. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Lots of micromanagement and politics

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  5. Empowered to break rules

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My team was a part of an org where we operated like a startup, from concept to obtaining funding to executing our capability.

    Cons

    Duplicative functions that didn't make sense made making impact much harder. Needs better sense of urgency across the employee ranks. Scrappiness is rare.

    Advice to Management

    Don't ignore the employee voice

  6. Challenging work and great rewards

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Industry leading compensation package & benefits
    - Work on cutting edge technologies
    - Smart and adventurous people
    - Employees are encouraged to grow within the company
    - Increasingly embrace flexible workplace initiatives

    Cons

    - Traditionally slow to market innovations
    - Work/Life balance trends to the out of balance
    - Intra-company collaboration is near non-existent
    - Too much tribal knowledge
    - Ever-changing business objectives

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job to build partnerships between divisions and groups. Advocate company-wide business policies and guidelines wherever possible.

  7. Very good for full time and contractors

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a awesome company to work for. It's very focused on employees and offers great benefits. Great growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Too laid back sometimes. Not a stable place for contractors of late. Too political in some groups.

  8. Great company, good benefits but lately direction in MSIT is lacking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Service Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits (perks, ORCA card, medical coverage, etc). Get to be involved with a lot of bright people and expose to diverse projects.

    Cons

    Lately the MSIT department is trying to make the evolution to DevOps but I think that they don't even know what DevOps is and had us SE's in a stressful situation. MSIT also grew out of control and that resulted in layoffs lately (me included) that had no sense in the criteria used to layoff people.

  9. Software Engineer

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

    I have been working at Microsoft (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good work-life balance
    Many choices within company

    Cons

    Salary is low
    Busy, overwhelmed
    Future is not clear

  10. Program Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of products and areas to work on. Some areas are very interesting e.g. cloud. The rest of MSFT is boring.

    Cons

    Slow, very slow. Very political no matter how they change the review system. You need to play the game to get ahead

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate test, cull PMs, bring engineers closer to customers and build stuff that customers want.

  11. Supply Chain Operations

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great, smart, motivated people! The company is moving in a positive direction, and the operations team is in a great place to implement newer, customer-friendly capabilities

    Cons

    Like most companies, particularly large ones like Microsoft, there's some passive-aggressive behaviors that are not healthy, and difficult to manage.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more outside-in thinking. Make the competition the foe -- not internal politics, budgets, and agendas. The company needs an even greater sense of urgency.

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