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Updated September 2, 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 (670)

    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 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 (1)

    Product Engineer

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    team management, strategy for business

    Cons

    layoffs every quarter, not competitive


  3. Currentt

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    Current Employee - Applications Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Applications Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for new skills and new roles

    Cons

    Work-life balance is hard to achieve b/c of competitive


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  5. Product Advisor

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    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Westminster, CA
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Westminster, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with great benefits and compensation

    Cons

    Retail can have its typical problems

    Advice to Management

    Better consistency


  6. Review

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

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by unbelievable talent. Working for a product company, you have direct access to the people that actually created the software you use.

    Cons

    Difficult to maintain work-life balance. Like any large company, sometimes the politics can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    The directions that Services is going in may not result in the behaviors that are desired. Changing the way that UBI is calculated and rewarded have to be carefully thought through. Changing the methodology can have negative consequences.


  7. Microsoft is back - and a great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology Architect in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Technology Architect in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Ability to work on leading edge technology that can change the world - Strongly values diversity - Back in a growth trajectory after faltering

    Cons

    - Incentive structure encourages political fiefdoms

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. Don't let managers try to cook the survey results. Do exit interviews, not just a web form.


  8. Credit Manager

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    Current Employee - Credit Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Credit Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    > Excellent career opportunities > Great benefits > Awesome work environment

    Cons

    > Lower compensation compared to similar jobs in peer companies

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Great Place with Great Perks

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Woodinville, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Woodinville, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enable employees to get things done and open to new ideas

    Cons

    Big and complex orgs can make it difficult to navigate.


  10. Software Engineer Intern Review

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Payment and other benefits Fun intern experience Free and open team & environment

    Cons

    Actual work is quite limited such that not much innovation / personal input can be stimulated

    Advice to Management

    To my team, they were friendly. To the project management, I did have some issues with the design section of the work. Hope they could speed up on intern work.


  11. May have changed

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing learning in terms in Machine Learning. People are extremely helpful and polite.

    Cons

    Politics. Managers controls your career.



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