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Updated September 3, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Times are a changin'

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. Overall

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Service Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Overall - it's a good job. Good benefits, if your on main campus - mail, bank, food options and the company store.

    Cons

    I am in a niche area - Operations. A COGS group, while the existing services understand that they need a support team to keep their product running, leadership often thinks that the product should be built in such a way that they do not need the cost of an Operations team. So while essential, it's a frowned upon area that seems to be hidden under the carpet quiet often.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that the software developers are part of Livesite events, but let Operations deal with the day to day - the SWE's need to focus on bugs and improvements, not DNS/Azure/Infra failures - you'll drive them away If you force them to work through a incident queue looking for issues as well as wake in the middle of the night for issues they cannot resolve. As a Service Operations Engineer - My career has been to support these products and take the hit, as my schedule is more flexible - I fight the fires as needed and then work my other self improvement or service automation tasks on a looser schedule. Protect the SWE's from burn out and keep the product moving forward.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Decent place, but not the hottest thing in town

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. Great place to work

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    • 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


  6. Microsoft is still a great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  7. Great place to work

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    • 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


  8. 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


  9. Great place to work

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    • 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.


  10. Positive Experience

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    • Senior Management
    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


  11. Helpful (1)

    It's amazing...but.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • 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.



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