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Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great company recovering from slow days. Lots of new initiatives. Attracting lots of talents from schools and research institute.

    Cons

    Due to the size of the company, do expect some legacies in both code and management.


  2. Microsoft

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

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

    Pros

    Good pay, Great team, Good upward mobility.

    Cons

    Bad health insurance is the only one I can think of.


  3. Microsoft as a contract employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Video Services in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Video Services in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very nice offices and work environment. People are reasonable and intelligent. Cafeterias are good prices and healthy.

    Cons

    Management doesn't review performance of contract employees or provide them with advice on how to improve or get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Make the commuter buses and shuttles available to all contract employees as well.


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  5. Great place to work!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is great place to work. You can shape your ideas, explore all possible ways for implementing a solution. You get the whole control how you want to solve the problem. Great benefits.

    Cons

    There are veterans who work in the company for decades. 20+ years, competing with them is a bit challenge. Also the flip side of it is, there are partner level folks who were there for decades and in high position they do nothing but politics.


  6. Sr finance manager

    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    culture, diversity, working from home, career opportunities.

    Cons

    complexity, bureaucracy, slower merit increase and focus on efficiency creating additional workloads in the short term.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce transactional work from finance and let them focus on value added tasks.


  7. Great Company with great people.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You are free to propose and create. This company moves fast. Change is the only constant. Be prepared to be challenged to the limit.

    Cons

    It's not easy to navigate thru the organization, and growth may come slower than expected. If you can't adapt easy to changes, this company might not be for you.

    Advice to Management

    Transformation come with a very extensive planning. It's important to have all areas aligned towards the same goal. Microsoft is close, but have work to do to achieve the ONE Microsoft.


  8. Interesting place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Escalation Engineer in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Support Escalation Engineer in Irving, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Big brand, big company with not bad benefits and high professionals around. Last couple of years were all about changes and company getting rid of many old problems.

    Cons

    Slow internal changes, strange or obsolete internal processes. Sometimes not very effective.


  9. Helpful (11)

    Premier Field Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Reston, VA

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

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

    Pros

    - Flexibility of working from home - Work/life balance good. - Good Brand name - Lots of smart people.

    Cons

    - Salary not that good. Very average. - Customer Facing: pressure to work under very high expectations

    Advice to Management

    Continue building more collaboration with teams from different departments. Satya Nadella has made some good changes in the company.


  10. A Great job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent conditions and benefits: - office space and resources - great salary - satisfaction of working on products with high impact

    Cons

    - Big companies with a lot of layers of management, not a flat hierarchy like newer companies - Boasting seems to be unjustly required to get recognized sometime

    Advice to Management

    Please encourage and value deep knowledge and area of ownership instead of entertaining a system where broad shallow knowledge and boasting gets you promoted


  11. Sr Finance Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    strong organization with plenty of opportunity for growth. Encourages networking and advancement. Pay and benefits are very competitive with the industry.

    Cons

    bloated organization, scope of roles can feel limited especially for someone coming from a much smaller organization. Get in the right organization, layoffs occur often

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy, communicate it to the teams and stick with it. Let the teams execute. Be more strategical, you can't change strategies as often as you do and win.



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