Microsoft Reviews in Redmond, WA

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 688 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference (in 893 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance (in 476 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 369 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work with a lot of smart people doing cool things.

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There are a lot of different opportunities and interesting roles at the company. You can make a really big contribution. The scope and scale of the company is impressive.

    Cons

    The hours can be challenging and sometimes there can be too much internal discussion before decisions get made

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Enjoyable, short-term experience

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    Former Employee - Producer  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Producer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working with the people on our team (combination of FTEs, v- and a-), for the most part, everyone was excited about working on the products and worked well together without petty in-fighting. Being near the Commons (and their wide variety of restaurants) was awesome. Even though company policy prevented a-vendors from participating in some of the events for employees, we were invited to various launch parties help in our building--nice to enjoy a beer at work occasionally.

    Cons

    Often management 2-3 levels above would make decisions to pivot our group from one initiative to another to follow flavor of the month trends or their own pet projects. Also moving 6 times in 2 years was extremely disruptive and a waste of resources. Even with a record of excellent performance (and being brought back for another year), recommendations from managers, it was not possible to transition the experience into a FTE position or even formal interviews despite multiple informational interviews with several different groups in the entertainment division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If a team is working effectively, do not make changes for the sake of change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Still have a lot of great people around

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    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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    have general smart and honest people, good blend of technologies to work on

    Cons

    seems hard at finding the right focus for the company overall right now, external reputation got some hit

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great opportunity for experience during and just out of college.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test Lead  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test Lead in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Trusted to do work on your own time with flexibility for good work life balance. Wealth of internal tools and education to help further your career opportunities in or out of the company.

    Cons

    Politics. Sometimes people seem out for themselves in the battle between disciplines. Waffling review system. Health benefits have degraded with conversion to HSA. Right hand never seems to know what the left hand is doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aware of middle performers work and acknowledge it. Pay attention to those who are experiencing burnout. Don't make changes just because someone told you to. Be a leader not a follower.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Pockets of good, pockets of evil

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Smartest people I've worked with anywhere
    Great benefits
    Interesting work

    Cons

    Poor management not managed out
    Competing with peers doesn't lead to collaboration (this is changing)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take employees' manager feedback to heart -- promoting great individual contributors to management is not always the best option.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    One of the best technology companies on the planet

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    Current Employee - Principal Development Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Development Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Microsoft remains to be one of the best technology companies on the planet focusing on producing software. Company culture is revolving around people, customer, business, and technology. Priorities may be unbalanced in some teams, but in general they are right.

    Cons

    Some platform technologies produced by the company are loosing the world dominance, while still remain very capable. But this reflects on what transferable skills one can gain in the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Large company opportunities for intelligent employees

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    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You will get to work on unexpected projects and be assigned something perhaps out of your expertise area. As long as you are smart and deliver, this is a great career opportunity.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a lack of urgency or speed in development programs, depending on the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get leaner.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing resources, smart people, process heavy

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on almost anything you love. Pay is good, benefits too (though shrinking). Tons of resources to apply to any tough, interesting problem.

    Cons

    It takes a long time to get things done, many meetings, and multiple rounds of management reviews and approval and a lot of status writing. Benefits are shrinking, but still good. Microsoft isn't the 800 pound gorilla anymore, it's the middle-aged gorilla with a beer gut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be overly focused on technology and technical solutions to everything. Sometimes the simple solution, the one that amazes customers is the right one, not the one that's "better" - ask BetaMax about that one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Happy overall!!

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    got to learn a lot of things. worked here for just about 3 years. Its a great place to start your career. They invest a lot in their employees.
    Good compensation and benefits.
    Overall good work-life balance

    Cons

    Difficult to move within the company. Essentially, you are treated like an outsider when you want to 'interview' with a different team with Microsoft.
    There is hardly any collaboration between groups. There are cases where multiple teams are building the same toolset which is a serious waste of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the red-tape.
    Allow people to move easily within companies. If somebody is hired into MSFT, they are good enough to work anywhere within MSFT - stop interviewing people like external candidates when they want to move teams (a fit interview is okay).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Software Engineer In Test

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company is very respectful to its employee. No one is expected to work long hours. Everyone has a fair enough chance to get promotions and the compensation is very good. The company wanted to retain its people and has good work life balance.

    Cons

    With the latest trends the company is shedding Test employees and the situation is bad. They could have moved people around but they choose to lay people off. I lost my job in the process as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes it is a big corporation and yes there is too much process.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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