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Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
9,246 Reviews
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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.  

    Good experience

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Good work culture, Chances to explore opportunities in many different teams

    Cons

    Bureaucratic management, Leadership changing very often, Low confidence in M2 and above

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 474 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.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    9 years later...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Technology Strategist
    Current Employee - Account Technology Strategist

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible for work styles. Good paycheck with security for the company

    Cons

    A lot has changed in the last 9 years, when I signed in our benefits were unbelievable and now they aren't that bad but it takes a lot of work to maintain the hsa plan and now I have like 4k a year of out of pocket expenses which I did not receive a pay increase for. Also if you're not at the mother ship in Redmond it's not the same experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help those who help you and make sure you listen to what the field is saying. Give the field the same perks those of you who live in Washington get. Don't look at us like we are sub standard just because we don't go to the campus every day. We in the field keep the place going too, you know?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Strategy of the new CEO is solid, confident, believable. Future of Azure and O365 is very strong. Good compensation with quota attainment.

    Cons

    Not a professional sales organization, this is a product company with much of its revenue coming from legacy products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many of the sales leaders are puppets, or become puppets and don't get involved in deals. This is a challenge in competitive situations where other company VP's actually give a hand.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Work life balance, benefits, growth potential, new CEO with a clear vision and desire to change the companies culture and future, manage your own business within a LARGE org., client focus

    Cons

    Silos, too many layers, field empowerment, month to month focus is unrealistic in in the old perpetual revenue model. Not a sales centric organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adapt to annuity based compensation model and a relationship model, continue to remove silos

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great engineers in emerging culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    good engineering practices, smart people, diverse product lines to work on

    Cons

    lot of employees are still old school, not fast enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the youngsters

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Fantastic overall experience. Passionate employees focused on delivering results.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment that treats employees like adults. Encourages innovative ideas with an eye toward results.

    Cons

    Always-on environment. Be prepared to live, eat, breathe the company in what can feel like a 24-7 continuous cycle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees -- they have great ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Good place to learn

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Experienced, smart coworkers, good health benefits

    Cons

    Political, no real impact

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    An internship at a subdivision of Microsoft in China, pretty good experience, very collaborative

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    1. intellectually challenging
    2. actually working on something that will be used/sense of accomplishment

    Cons

    1. very challenging, sometimes if you have a bad day it can be stressful

  11.  

    Microsoft

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources, experts in every style of coding, people who care about the product

    Cons

    Leadership makes decisions and passes them down

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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