Microsoft Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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  1. Loved the diversity, people development, and fast pace

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    for the self-aware, there are many career development opportunities. you learn a ton of soft-skills given the pace, growth and diversity fostered in the teams.

    Cons

    it takes time to develop the career. it is competitive, there are many others with better skills than yours. also, this position doesn't come with immediate respect. you still have to earn it and find ways to provide value to your team. you can also easily end up in an org needing to transition every 3-6 months, which takes time from your normal tasks.

  2. 7 years before the mast...

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

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You're "in the club" with top compensation for often interesting work. You work with very smart, focused and committed people. A lot of the little "perks" really add up - things like paid contributions to Health Savings Accounts, health club memberships, on-campus doctors offices...

    Cons

    The old review model may be gone, but the "throw each other to the sharks" mindset that underlies it is most assuredly still going strong. Expect politics to be the rule, not the exception, and merit or workable solutions to fall by the wayside in favor of empire building and protectionism. There's a very real "you either drink the kool-aid" or you aren't one of us feeling, that goes down to small things (like choosing to use an iPhone meaning you're "disloyal" to the company). Criticism of poorly thought out policies or poor long term strategy is strongly discouraged - god help you if you're the one to ask why the emperor has no clothes.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who actually do the work. The layoffs generally rolled the wrong heads, and the work is still there, just not getting done. Constant reorgs and pointless office moves are significant distractions, and pimping for review scores tends to hurt overall productivity.

  3. Responsible for driving net new advertising revenue by partnering with the volume licensing teams

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    Current Employee - Incubation Specialist in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Incubation Specialist in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Microsoft is a stable company. We are always trying to do more and are fiercly competitive.

    Cons

    The overall package at Microsoft is becoming less and less competitive each year.

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  5. Amazing benefits and good people to work with.

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    Current Employee - Principal Service Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Service Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits are incredible, the work is interesting, and there are a lot of great people to work with.

    Cons

    A lot of pressure to deliver in a rapidly changing environment. The commute into Redmond is horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Look into allowing more remote employees.

  6. Great place and people and significant impact of work

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

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people
    Great work place and benefits
    Great work life balance
    Good pay

    Cons

    Slow moving at times
    meritocracy - very Alfa env.
    Slow growth from IC to people management.

  7. A great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very smart people, very interesting projects to work on. The benefits are outstanding like healthcare. You are encouraged to learn.

    Cons

    In my opinion there are no real cons to the job. Maybe you need to work hard to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the company as it is.

  8. Great Place

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

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

    Pros

    Exciting atmosphere (depending on org)

    Cons

    Boring work/tasks. Goals should be clear rather than vague

  9. Sr. Electrical Engineer

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay /benefits and reasonable work/life balance (SW business units)
    No Pros if you are not a good political gamer or a technical accomplishment oriented person (HW business units)

    Cons

    (HW business units) Lots of politics and bureaucracy. Lots of BSs all over the place. Very conservative and very defensive engineering organizations and teams. Disgusting working environment and culture.
    If you are a good HW engineer, this is not a your place never.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention what happens in HW business units. Engineers' top priority is to "make your boss happy" but not "make the project successful". Watch their efficiency and resources required for a project to compare with other competing companys.

  10. Microsoft has a large variety of options - if you don't find the perfect fit initially you can pursue an different group

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - autonomy in the job -- you are encouraged to do your best work
    - global impact -- what you do impacts hundreds of millions of people
    - the work environment is top notch (cafes, facilities, location)

    Cons

    - change happens so frequently in teams that lots of effort gets lost in the shuffle
    - your manager has a greater impact on your happiness and career path than s/he should

    Advice to Management

    - keep making changes to the HR aspect of the job. Changes made in the past couple of years have been in the right direction: no more stack ranking of individuals, measure people on their impact, their willingness to use other's work, and their willingness to help others. This is not quite baked into the culture yet as it is new, but is a very positive direction for the company.
    - kill the "open space" plan for work space. It's been proven that people don't work better in a "pen-style" environment.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Truly love this company!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart people, big challenges and big pay check

    Cons

    Not as nimble as it used to be. Very stable like IBM

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