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Updated August 29, 2015
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
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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 (665)

    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)

    Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You have lot of experience people around and good Microsoft stack is available. Good salary, bonus and stock. Work life balance.

    Cons

    Lot of process and slow growth. Not the right place for college grads. Less opportunity to think outside the box.

    Advice to Management

    Value you employees


  3. Great place to develop a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Improving culture, strong talent, greater strategic focus than ever before

    Cons

    Success is highly dependent on the team / manager you have

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus core business on areas where MS can win, vs. trying to compete everywhere


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  5. Excellent workplace

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits Great Culture Motivated Career Growth Millions of areas to work on

    Cons

    Politics Old way of thinking Difficult to adapt new technologies

    Advice to Management

    Open up to new technologies


  6. Invigorating, impactful, challenging and demanding

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

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

    Pros

    Empowered to make an impact, lots of super smart people. The world uses what you build to be productive. Good vacation with seniority.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance to be competitive. Politics can be a problem at times as MS has grown to be quite large.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on culture. Reverse deductibles in health plan.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Times are a changin'

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

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

    Pros

    Satya has done a great job at shifting the culture in the short time he's had. The company's priorities seem like they are in the right place now. Fat trimming is good to see Lots of smart people to work with Competitive pay Excellent benefits Can set my own schedule and work

    Cons

    Change at a company this large takes time and lots of the old guard are still around. It will take time to complete the shift. If you aren't dedicated hours can seem long. If you work in tech this shouldn't be a surprise. If it's a problem find a new career.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Decent place, but not the hottest thing in town

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fair compensation - Many of the cool "tech" industry benefits without the crazy SF start-up hours and anti-family culture

    Cons

    - Feels like a "has-been" tech company - it's a large company and feels like it - If you're not in Redmond, you're a 2nd class citizen


  9. Great company

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    smart people, good benefits, wide spectrum of technologies

    Cons

    Very large company, sometimes politics gets in the way


  10. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer Writer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Programmer Writer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits Motivating work place

    Cons

    Left when I had my first child due to work-life balance issues.


  11. Positive Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Meaningful project, great mentors, international travel opportunities

    Cons

    Meetings run late and start late



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