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Updated September 1, 2015
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  1. Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome people who are very helpful Good Benefits Diversity

    Cons

    The work happens a little slow


  2. Microsoft is still a great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Program Manager in Matthews, NC
    Former Employee - Business Program Manager in Matthews, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. They recently dropped a 5% attrition goal so now good employees aren't dismissed to meet a quota. Still a fairly relaxed atmosphere, working with great people.

    Cons

    Pressure to meet goals that are not always reasonable still exists, but for most roles goals are high but attainable. Microsoft has grown and now has way too many layers of management, most of whom are unnecessary and spend their time trying to appear relevant.

    Advice to Management

    Trim your layers of management down to what you really need.


  3. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work

    Cons

    Political and not collaborative peers

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  6. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    It's amazing...but.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Xbox Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Xbox Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smartest people you'll ever work with. Some of the best, if not the best benefits in tech. Benefits got slightly worse post recession and government healthcare rollout, but just improved with changes to family leave and 401k contribution.

    Cons

    Work life balance is extremely challenging. You are never truly offline. You do have the ability to set your own schedule, and that flexibility is appreciated.


  8. Great work place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Advisor
    Former Employee - Product Advisor
    Recommends

    Pros

    awesome management - great people to work with !

    Cons

    retail hours aren't the easiest


  9. Intern review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Probably the best intern salary compared to Google/Apple/Amazon especially given that in Washington prices and taxes are lower. Subsidized housing

    Cons

    Tools are definitely not very good, build system, source control etc etc etc. But this is going to better soon I think

    Advice to Management

    Become more agile and faster, use more open-source software, bring free food please as Google does.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Not as great as it use to be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is well known that the benefits are great. I enjoyed working there. The work environment is generally good - I never heard any yelling and most of the people try to help their coworkers.

    Cons

    Under the new leadership jobs are not as secure as they were under Ballmer. The biggest problem for me was that management did not follow their long term plans. High priority projects would be created on the whim of a director. At other times projects would be eliminated without explanation.

    Advice to Management

    Make a plan and stick to it.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Working at Microsoft outside of Redmond

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits, local work culture, local management

    Cons

    Too many decision makers still in Finland



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