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Updated March 25, 2015
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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. 505 people found this helpful

    Thoughts after 10 years....

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop.

    2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice.

    3. Even with it's struggles MSFT is still a cash printing machine. This means if you can keep your nose clean and do reasonable work, you can have a stable job, pay your bills, feed your family, and not worry (too much) about layoffs. The stock you own likely won't tank, but probably won't go up much either. You'll get a bonus each year and some stock. It's a decent life if you aren't looking to light the world on fire.

    Cons

    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies.

    Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand out" and move up in the company. Don't expect your manager to be much of an advocate or enabler to help you meet your career goals - they are basically trying to survive the stack rank every year too. Not familiar with the stack rank? Check out the 2012 Vanity Fair article called "Microsoft's Lost Decade".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'll type it here - but I don't they are listening...
    1. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities.
    2. Kill/evolve the stack rank. Here's basically how it's viewed:. 30% of the company gets 1s and 2s - and they are happy. 50% get 3s and that basically feels like getting a "C" in school. This sucks for talented people when a multitude of UNCONTROLLABLE conditions keep you from getting into 1 or 2 range. The 20% getting anything below a 3 are walking dead. In summary, 70% of the company walk away from the review cycle feeling like crap. This is no good.

    After 10 years, I'm leaving - it's just a matter of time until I find the right opportunity. I need to find a company spends 90% of it's time building technology experiences, as opposed to 90% of its time building PowerPoints. And I expect to refuse the exit interview - because if you really cared what I thought, you wouldn't ask me after I decided to leave.

  2. Solid benefits, a variety of teams and products

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - A variety of teams and products that you can work on
    - Many smart people
    - Company is trying to make some changes to be more agile

    Cons

    - Benefits used to be even better
    - Very large company so you can feel like you're not having much impact at times
    - Still moves somewhat slow compared to smaller, leaner companies
    - Changing teams is almost as much effort as changing companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier to change teams so that existing employees can change more easily.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Social and productive

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenges, Benefits, Salary, work environment, work/life balance, events and much more

    Cons

    None I can find...I have to add more info as required by this field, but can't find cons...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go ahead with the great changes!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Good place to work but know its a big company!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great people, great lifestyle and great pay

    Cons

    Feels like a large company

  6. Great Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work environment is great. Great training opportunity. Compensation is good too. Promotion is quicker for hard workers.

    Cons

    Can not think of any

  7. Amazing 10 years, tons of learning, great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director, Business Management and Planning in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director, Business Management and Planning in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Company in the middle of a reinvention, great people, great benefits

    Cons

    Still too top heavy and matrixed, needs great patience and political adeptness to succeed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Large and diverse - it's as good as you make it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Many smart people and good technology. Some groups are very creative and driven. Generally good work/life balance. If you're capable you can move up quickly and move between groups without too much trouble. Helps your career if you can take ownership of a product feature and elevate its status. Much of your career is what you make of it.

    Cons

    Like any company, some groups are subpar. Steer clear of MSIT for example. Other groups can be hyper competitive. Principal and higher level jobs require you to spend a lot of time greasing the wheels of a wide group of people because your job and promotion will be decided by that group, not just your manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul MSIT, break down barriers between blue badges and v dashes, work more on developing talent and collaborative working environments than perpetuating antiquated career development processes, and try to foster a more entrepreneurial environment where people have more authority (works well at Amazon, for instance)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great company to work for that could use some improvement.

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    Current Employee - Exchange Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Exchange Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    I always felt challenged in my position and that my work was appreciated. I loved my team and their willingness to share tribal knowledge to all the new hires.

    Cons

    The hours and demands of the job can be taxing on your personal life. I found myself working many late nights.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a structure that promotes healthy work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. software engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    good environment and respect for different cultures

    Cons

    trying to be more flexible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. Good job

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    Current Employee - Product Advisor
    Current Employee - Product Advisor

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Good pay for retail store

    Cons

    No room for promotion unless you move out of state

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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