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  1. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Come for the $ if you don't mind politics

    Jan 17, 2017 - Principal Program Manager Lead in Seattle, WA
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    Pros

    - Great compensation package & benefits - Smart people - Hard problems - Ability to work on products that are used by 1B people

    Cons

    1) Culture. Everyone is giving praise to the "New Microsoft." Satya can say all he wants that he's turning the place around and invests in people - but it's not entirely true. You have the same VPs running teams there and they continue to perpetuate favoritism and sexism. There is no safety at Microsoft. You may be okay in a role for a while, until there is a re-org. A new VP comes in and replaces all the leadership with people they know. That job you were waiting around for? Gone. It's given to someone the VP trusts. Culture is also about how we treat each other. Office politics happen when there is a lack of trust in the workplace. Teams are still competing with the each other for resources. Within teams, managers are playing games to protect their own feature areas and resources. With respect to compensation, it gets worse. While MSFT can say they got rid of the stack rank, it's the same budget for rewards. It's not possible to give everyone a max payout with the budget. This means the VP takes from everyone to give top rewards to a few key performers. 2) If you ever join MSFT, good luck finding your next job. Many recruiters will question your ability to get anything done. There is definitely prejudice against MSFT employees in the valley.

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Comprehensive interview

    Dec 9, 2022 - Director, Enterprise Architecture 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    I met with a panel of technical architects and had a mix of behavioral and technical questions. Each panelist allowed for questions, which opened up the door to hear multiple perspectives from a diverse group of practitioners in the same or similar role. There was a focus on qualitative vs quantitative experience and the discussions were based on questions like 'Tell me a time when you helped solve a major technical challenge for a client." and "Explain how you influenced the team dynamic when leading a cross-functional team." Good and challenging technical questions about architecting modern solutions on a cloud-first stack. Deep technical questions on Msft development languages and .Net framework.

    Cons

    No specific cons noted in my experience

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Thoughts after 10 years....

    Jan 28, 2013 - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
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    Pros

    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop. 2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice. 3. Even with it's struggles MSFT is still a cash printing machine. This means if you can keep your nose clean and do reasonable work, you can have a stable job, pay your bills, feed your family, and not worry (too much) about layoffs. The stock you own likely won't tank, but probably won't go up much either. You'll get a bonus each year and some stock. It's a decent life if you aren't looking to light the world on fire.

    Cons

    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies. Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand out" and move up in the company. Don't expect your manager to be much of an advocate or enabler to help you meet your career goals - they are basically trying to survive the stack rank every year too. Not familiar with the stack rank? Check out the 2012 Vanity Fair article called "Microsoft's Lost Decade".

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