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  1. "No identity confidentiality when helping compliance team fight corruption."

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    Former Employee - Senior Solution Architect in Redmond, WA
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The corporation as a whole is good with solid policies and HR definitions.

    Cons

    Some inside organizations unfortunately act as their own, like a parallel company not following corporation guidelines. I had a terrible experience by being naive and reporting a side-agreement issue, my identity was made public the next day. Besides suffering social harassment two superiors I ended up with a burn down syndrome and was kinda magaed out.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye on the lower layer of command, if they are really people managers or only skilled technical/functional people who has risen inside company´s chain. They're putting some FTEs to perform several functions not related to the role, because the manager wants to look good to their bosses, and "looked green" no matter what, even putting at risk employees health. I had great experiences, but a terrible strong... social harassment added to a manage out process that lead me to an IOP treatment, severe depression that took me 2 years to recover, today I'm still under treatment. I left Microsoft. The company good, but you have bad, hostile environment and parallel companies inside your company, forsome organizations. But everyone `Plays Ball´ and keep ´smiling and waving´ so they'll look good. It's not team work it's the "I don't care, make it happen" way of leading. It's a pity.

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    Microsoft2019-08-09
  1. "Amazing perks and community"

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Planner 

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The perks are great and everyone you meet is really helpful and intelligent, and focused on your individual growth. Plus your coworkers become like a community of friends

    Cons

    Campus is not close to the city so if you're going to live downtown, its a long commute

    Microsoft2019-10-13
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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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