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  1. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great fun a real blast. Stifled by own size and total stuck in the mud culture

    Feb 13, 2015 - Solution Sales Professional 
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    Pros

    Some very smart people. Very fun and passionate people. Work with great customers and exciting industries. Lots of jobs to move around to.

    Cons

    The company operates in laa-laa land. Doesn't listen to customer or consumer trends at all. People take the work so seriously but there's little impact you can make, provided you're not totally useless. It's all about the metrics and nothing else. A hush culture for sexual harassment case whilst I was there. So political it's hilarious. No one is promoted of merit or capability just those who network the best and sound their own trumpet. Zzz

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Comprehensive interview

    Dec 9, 2022 - Director, Enterprise Architecture 
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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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