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Updated August 31, 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 (668)

    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. Just start

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Well organized and passionate coworkers.

    Cons

    Limited training to new hires.


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  5. Great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They allow flexible work schedule and values employees. There are many different teams and products you can work on. Lot of opportunities to broaden your horizons.

    Cons

    All the problems that come with the big size. Politics as well. Duplication of work sometimes. You have to find the right team for yourself. Too many GMs and directors.

    Advice to Management

    Keep valuing employees like you do. Get rid of mediocre middle and upper management. Move faster and see things from the consumer point of view.


  6. Enjoying the ride in the new Microsoft

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Reinvented culture encourages Open Source contributions, cross platform development, agile planning, and quick delivery.

    Cons

    Despite recent advancements there are still opportunities to replace legacy ideas and systems.


  7. Great Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    Pros

    Great Working Environment, Lots of new things to learn, Amazing Stipend and lots of exposure

    Cons

    More focus on timings and deadlines has to be there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  8. SDE2

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great with work life balance

    Cons

    Slow in getting things done


  9. Programmer writter

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Perks Job Security Wide range of products You can easily move around within the company

    Cons

    No free food :( Some bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent


  10. UX Designer II

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance, talented coworkers, lot of resources, great design community

    Cons

    Hierarchy, slow reaction to the market,


  11. Good for experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Claremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Claremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many rewards for good conduct and sales, enthusiastic management, discounts on software and hardware. Great benefits, quarterly bonuses. Other benefits apply to health, stock options, and 401(k).

    Cons

    Lower hourly pay than median average, tenured employees have more clout despite a lack of technical ability, arbitrary standards and operations, change happens at a snails pace. Still many confusing and draconian polices are left from the former CEO, some new polices still don't register with upper management and corp.



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