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Updated April 19, 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. Helpful (522)

    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 (4)

    Attorney

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, casual dress, good pay, excellent benefits (health insurance, vacation, sick leave, discounts), training, collegial culture, and great corporate citizenship programs

    Cons

    The volume of work is almost always overwhelming. While there is a lot of flexibility with respect to time spent in the office, there is little time that I do not feel expected to be connected: nights, weekends, sick leave and vacation time.

    Advice to Management

    The company has undergone a tremendous amount of change recently. Even for those of us who view the changes positively, the changes can be challenging. Clearer communication about the changes, particularly the issues surrounding reduced headcount and flatter org structures.

  3. Big but flexible for SW engineers

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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)

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

    Pros

    Strong software engineering practices
    Fairly easy to move between groups
    Much improved review system
    Good salary/benefits

    Cons

    Overly political at times
    High variance in agility in different groups

    Advice to Management

    Fix the politics with group rewards

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  5. A&B billing Escalation agent

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    Current Employee - A&B Billing Escalation Agent in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - A&B Billing Escalation Agent in Irving, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great work environment and very ethical

    Cons

    none none none none none

  6. Partner Account Manager

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great name recognition, great market share, good products

    Cons

    Political, turf wars, some management are hostile towards contractors

  7. Great company that invests in professional development

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, amazing benefits, challenging, supported, incredible work life balance

    Cons

    Arrogant coworkers, job opportunities can be limited based on locations

  8. Enterprise Sales Director

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    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales Director in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible hours and good comp overall.

    Cons

    Less exciting I suppose than what's going on in the valley.

  9. Great out of college opportunity, great people, but poor management

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Really great learning experience for PM's right out of college (not many companies let new grads define user experience)
    -Mostly good people (for the most part), both on the engineering, product, and design disciplines
    -Really cool projects (in some areas of the company)

    Cons

    -Not much executive vision, a lot of top down decision making
    -Reward structure / promotions highly correlated to how much your boss likes you the visibility you get on your projects (vs. actual customer value you deliver)
    -Slow career growth trajectory

    Advice to Management

    -Boot executives with poor vision for their areas
    -Trust your reports on their recommendations, as they are closest to the customer & the development issues

  10. Nice company with cool culture

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

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    no licence issue, good culture, nice work environment

    Cons

    too much going on, no focus

  11. Great group great company.

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    Former Intern - Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Intern - Intern in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice work-life balance, great people, great pay, fantastic intern program.

    Cons

    Aspirations seemed to stagnate and employee motivations for products tended to wane.

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