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Updated May 3, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Tough environment but good training

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You are paid well
    Opportunity to move around

    Cons

    Politics are out of control...mid-level managers often more concerned about CYA than the business outcomes
    Much of the business is under siege

  2. Support Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

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

    Pros

    Great pay/benefits - on-site subsidized food (its not free but its still better than 99% of most other companies), health re-payment (give $800/yr to spend on health activities/equipment- I bought new skis), Medical benefits are as close to it gets to perfect, 401k matching at 4% (Nokia was 8% but not bad)
    Large company with tons of reach so you'll work on exciting projects (Xbox, Hololens, Office, Windows, Surface, to name a few)
    Lots of opportunity for growth (for entry-level employees)
    Company tries hard to make work-life fun
    Level of communication attempts to be high

    Cons

    Many teams working at Microsoft are in direct competition with one another. Instead of working together toward a common goal each team treats each other as an enemy. So sharing information is a painful process.
    This mentality has bled into the old Microsoft personnel and working with them is not pleasant. You'll have to constantly watch your back as they'll throw you under the bus without a second thought. This sometimes will be your own teammates!
    Growth is good at the start but Sr. Management is a wall. Lots of 10+ year Microsoft people clogging up the ranks making it difficult to move up past a certain point.
    No respect for non-Microsoft ideas (I came from Nokia and watched as they systematically destroyed profitable, revenue generating teams in favor of internal money losers)
    Don't rock the boat mentality (So getting new ideas off the ground is incredibly difficult)

    Advice to Management

    Clear the Middle Management Ranks, too many long time Microsoftees not wanting to rock the boat to get actual meaningful work done

  3. Program Manager - Bing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

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

    Pros

    Great engineering company - great platforms to work with Big Data
    Bing had the smartest people that I have ever worked with - really really smart
    Bing engineers were excellent, none of that stupid language bigotry, they use whatever gets the job done. Like AWK, Python, Java - use what ever you want as long as production code is MS.
    Recently the strategic leadership under Nadella is really focused - he is well respected in the company
    Very good conditions - $800 a year for sport equipment, very flexible for people having babies!

    Cons

    time based promotion - not really based on merit - 10 years to get to Group level at least and then you are competing agaisnt very smart people at Bing
    I found that I prefer it when people are in the office but there is a tendency in Silicon Valley for people not to be at work on Mondays and Fridays

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  5. GREAT YES

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great offices relaxed environment and great CEO, top notch I dig it

    Cons

    Nothing really here, I have nothing to really complain about

  6. Absolutely fantastic.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, reallocation was fully funded and visa was sponsored ( moved from NZ ).

    Cons

    Minimal chance to move around as an intern (ie change projects).
    However not really expected to be able to as an intern, so not so bad.

    Advice to Management

    Create more internship opportunities, Microsoft was one of the best internships I've done, and would be great to see more people get the same chance I did.

  7. SDE

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber

    Cons

    Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role
    Performance review system basically encourage competition inside the team

    Advice to Management

    Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

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

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

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

    Pros

    Salary, perks, smart colleagues. Lots of opportunities to grow. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Lots of micromanagement and politics

  9. Challenging work and great rewards

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Industry leading compensation package & benefits
    - Work on cutting edge technologies
    - Smart and adventurous people
    - Employees are encouraged to grow within the company
    - Increasingly embrace flexible workplace initiatives

    Cons

    - Traditionally slow to market innovations
    - Work/Life balance trends to the out of balance
    - Intra-company collaboration is near non-existent
    - Too much tribal knowledge
    - Ever-changing business objectives

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job to build partnerships between divisions and groups. Advocate company-wide business policies and guidelines wherever possible.

  10. Very good for full time and contractors

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

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a awesome company to work for. It's very focused on employees and offers great benefits. Great growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Too laid back sometimes. Not a stable place for contractors of late. Too political in some groups.

  11. Software Test Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Strong company highly skilled professionals friendly environment good benefits carreer growth and training available work life ballance healthy comprensation fair

    Cons

    I do not recall much from what I recall it was all positive except for some managers who where too career oriented and had limited management or people skills

    Advice to Management

    my advice to management is to pay more attention to people skills and view them not only as work forse but as human beings as well

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