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Updated June 30, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is what you make it; always been fine for me (in 859 reviews)

  • You will work with some incredibly smart people (in 991 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be very bad (in 552 reviews)

  • The performance review system is broken (in 400 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (603)

    Thoughts after 10 years....

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    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 Management

    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. Helpful (10)

    Premier Field Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Reston, VA

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

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

    Pros

    - Flexibility of working from home
    - Work/life balance good.
    - Good Brand name
    - Lots of smart people.

    Cons

    - Salary not that good. Very average.
    - Customer Facing: pressure to work under very high expectations

    Advice to Management

    Continue building more collaboration with teams from different departments. Satya Nadella has made some good changes in the company.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Microsoft Apprenticeship Program

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn and network. You will have Microsoft on your resume in high school which is unheard of. It will allow you to get tons of internships your freshman and sophomore year in college which is very difficult.

    Cons

    I heard they have a new manager that runs the entire program who is not very good. Sometimes the work they give you is not important and remedial (prinitng, shipping, looking up things).

    Advice to Management

    I would rehire the old manager for the program. She is what made this program so fun and successful. I would also encourage the managers of the apprentices to be more interactive with them.


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  5. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great company culture. People are nice.

    Cons

    Sometimes have to work overtime


  6. Software Engineer

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

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Good baseline benefits(Pay, health and vacation)

    Cons

    The culture is still transforming to meet market demand and has a way to go

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the transformation on the culture


  7. Not bad

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Job stability, fairly predictable situation

    Cons

    Sub-standard pay, politics, far from a meritocracy


  8. Microsoft is changing

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

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

    Pros

    Company is improving from the Steve ballmer days. Things feel more positive than they have in many years. New apps and other products are on the way...

    Cons

    The biggest con is dealing with old legacy issues of the past. The old business model has changed from the "old days"

    Advice to Management

    Hope that Microsoft will stop making hardware. The mobile devices are failing and it's time to exit the hardware business for mobile phones and tablets.


  9. My Review

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, strong leadership, great work/life balance

    Cons

    Difficult to advance once in role, get used to many changes every fiscal year


  10. Helpful (1)

    Terrific place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Gainesville, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Big challenges
    Huge potential impact
    Good compensation
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Work-life balance gets unbalanced for many people. It's definitely possible to keep a healthy work-life balance, you just need to be disciplined about protecting your personal and family time.


  11. Finance Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

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

    Pros

    Really great colleagues, important work that requires you to work hard, and you will be recognized for the effort you put in.

    Cons

    May be challenging at times to try new ways that people in the company are not used to.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to reward hard working employees and provide opportunities for advancement.



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