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Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Planning and executing recruiting events.

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

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great team! Offers mentors as you learn your new role. -If you enjoy a fast paced work environment it great! -Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    -A lot of acronyms to learn -Could be intimidating if you are not a fan of fast paced environments. -Can't think of anything else.


  2. Large but relatively efficient

    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

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

    Pros

    Good integration of consultants and FTEs, well standardized processes, good communication channels, clear project objectives, relatively few levels of management for a large Fortune 500 company, fairly self-directed and flexible work

    Cons

    Policies have gotten more restrictive over the last decade, individual teams can very different cultures and conflicting goals, workloads can become overwhelming, too frequent reorganizations and name changes

    Advice to Management

    Recent changes seem encouraging, interoperate with Android phones/apps better, recapture the PC games market


  3. Intenrship

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Lots of events, got to work on a cool project.

    Cons

    Didn't feel like part of the team.

    Advice to Management

    Incorporate a full time work flow into the intern experience


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  5. SDET

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Still having great presence in Enterprise segment.

    Cons

    Losing badly in mobile space.

    Advice to Management

    Don't fire people.


  6. Senior manager

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to try new things

    Cons

    Culture is passive aggressive at its core

    Advice to Management

    Focus on collaboration and empower people


  7. Great Benifits

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. People are highly intelligent and a great environment to work in.

    Cons

    Constantly changing management direction made it difficult to fully understand career goals. This was due to my immediate manager and director. This is not your 9-5 place to work. You are expected to continue to work into the evenings and weekends.


  8. Project Manager

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

    Ability to collaborate and work in a team environment

    Cons

    Communication across the regions can be dysfunctional at times.

    Advice to Management

    Enhance the strategic management process


  9. Great company to work for

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

    - Plenty of opportunities for personal growth - Good salary and benefits - Good work-life balance - High-impact work

    Cons

    - Heavy and slow processes - Is located near Seattle, WA, which a fairly remote place (depending on where you come from). Not necessarily a problem for everybody, but it is for me. - Area is clogged and gentrified (expensive cost of life)

    Advice to Management

    - Make the processes faster, but management is already working on it.


  10. Microsoft as a contract employee

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

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very nice offices and work environment. People are reasonable and intelligent. Cafeterias are good prices and healthy.

    Cons

    Management doesn't review performance of contract employees or provide them with advice on how to improve or get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Make the commuter buses and shuttles available to all contract employees as well.


  11. Great place to work!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is great place to work. You can shape your ideas, explore all possible ways for implementing a solution. You get the whole control how you want to solve the problem. Great benefits.

    Cons

    There are veterans who work in the company for decades. 20+ years, competing with them is a bit challenge. Also the flip side of it is, there are partner level folks who were there for decades and in high position they do nothing but politics.



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