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  1. "this is a new venture for microsoft and aiding the growth of the project has been rewarded well"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Lisbon
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    the experience of living in lisbon is fantastic the people here are great!

    Cons

    away from family/friends, narcissistic environments can be created within small teams this has caused a lot of people to leave the project shortly after joining. sometimes can have high levels of stress.

    Advice to Management

    pay attention to employee wellbeing.

    Microsoft2019-06-18
  1. "Heaven for any Tech Employee"

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    Former Intern - Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft for less than a year

    Pros

    Company culture is absolutely incredible. My team and I had team lunches every day where we'd just unwind and play board games together. There were tons of really fun intern events for all of us to participate in as well. The work given to Explore interns isn't as substantial as that given to full time employees, of course, but they really made you feel like you were contributing to the team and contributing to this giant company as well. You have the ability to network with literally anybody in the company - in fact I heard of an intern shooting a message to Satya and actually getting a response from him. The opportunities for growth are endless, and as an explore intern it's likely that you'll at least get a return offer for SWE. For a company this big, the corporate culture is not felt at all - it feels free and fun.

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    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Microsoft2020-01-20
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    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    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.

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    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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    Advice to Management

    I'll type it here - but I don't they are listening... 1. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities. 2. Kill/evolve the stack rank. Here's basically how it's viewed:. 30% of the company gets 1s and 2s - and they are happy. 50% get 3s and that basically feels like getting a "C" in school. This sucks for talented people when a multitude of UNCONTROLLABLE conditions keep you from getting into 1 or 2 range. The 20% getting anything below a 3 are walking dead. In summary, 70% of the company walk away from the review cycle feeling like crap. This is no good. After 10 years, I'm leaving - it's just a matter of time until I find the right opportunity. I need to find a company spends 90% of it's time building technology experiences, as opposed to 90% of its time building PowerPoints. And I expect to refuse the exit interview - because if you really cared what I thought, you wouldn't ask me after I decided to leave.

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    Microsoft2013-01-29

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