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  1.  

    Fun projects, good work life balance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Fun projects, good benefits, decent pay, good work life balance

    Cons

    Heavy processes, not moving fast enough

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Rewarding and satisfying.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Development Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Development Manager in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn a lot. Its like a University. Good benefits. Good company values, and great time-off and vacation policy.

    Cons

    Growth impedance. Company direction isn't clear - leadership not strong. Office culture can be very political, especially higher up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce politics. Get fresh blood to grow quicker, thereby improving the chances for company to thrive in the tough competitive market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Loved my internship at Microsoft

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    The work was very exciting and I loved how flexible my team was and the diversity of opportunities presented to us.

    Cons

    Honestly not too many negatives, maybe just the fact that sometimes obtaining permissions for certain things took forever because of all the hoops you have to jump through.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Company is making bold bets to re-invent itself.

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    Current Employee - Solution Manager
    Current Employee - Solution Manager

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

    Pros

    You'll work with a lot of very smart people. Satya Nadella is doing a great job of securing Microsoft's continued relevance and innovative new products. Plenty of opportunities to work independently to deliver results. Schedule flexibility for most roles.

    Cons

    Silos still exist preventing a feeling of a shared vision. Some organizations more entrepreneurial than others. Need for stakeholder buy-in means be prepared to attend a lot of meetings before anything gets done. Teams sometimes rush to develop their own systems rather than using existing capabilities resulting in duplicate and unnecessary business processes. Competitive bonus structure still fosters a tendency to throw others under the bus to get ahead. Ability to navigate Internal politics is critical to your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to encourage the breaking down of internal silos and actively solicit innovation from your employees in all areas, not just product groups and R&D.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Microsoft pros and cons

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Content Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Content Project Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Well paid, good healthcare benefits (though definitely not as good as a few years ago), technically challenging

    If you work there you will learn a LOT and to stay working there you have to be adaptable and able to learn new things quickly. Your job description will be a fraction of the work that you actually do. Some teams are fabulous and management is fabulous and others are, well, NOT. You have to find the right spot for you.

    Cons

    Difficulty maintaining work/life balance. While your pay is high, you're often on the clock even at home (email, nighttime phone calls to other locations etc).

    Depending on the team you work for, Microsoft can be very sluggish to respond to market needs. There's still a sense of fiefdoms and intransigence to new ideas. There are many long-timers there (though many were laid off recently). So, people who have less time in aren't given as much respect. It can be a very, very tough place to work when you get down to the wire and are close to a product release. Lots and lots and lots of overtime during this period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's difficult to give them any advice that they haven't already heard and somewhat half-heartedly responded to. In the tech industry, Microsoft is an old company. They need to inject new, fresh ideas and recognize that "time in Microsoft" is not an adequate measure of the value an employee can bring to the company..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    A great place to work, friendly and productive atmosphere, innovative environment. would highly recommend to a friend.

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    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    good (but not great) opportunities for progression. plenty of chances for skill development. among the best leadership of any company in the world.

    Cons

    very high standard of work required. those with poor work ethics need not apply. great perks etc if you are willing to work for it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Intern involved with teaching

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    They really take care of the people involved in their company. They have great facilities and can work with them on flexibility

    Cons

    They aren't a very creative company and many times can be stuck on what they are working on such as a new program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Microsoft is an Excellent company to work for. Great environment and Great People

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    The People are Great and the company really takes care of its employees and takes extra steps to make sure they are progressing in their careers as well as personally.

    Cons

    Location of offices would be better if they were out of DC for easy access.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Strong culture, learning, adapting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Opportunity to have a big impact

    Cons

    Big company, lots of process (mostly necessary)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify portfolio but don't give up on ideas too early

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people and great benefits

    Cons

    Red tape, sometime just too big

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More customer focused

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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