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Updated March 5, 2019
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  1. "great company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, good growth if in a good team.

    Cons

    Old team has some politics that blocks the company's future growth

    Advice to Management

    Hold deep technology, invest in the future


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging and intellectually stimulating work, lots of smart people, great compensation/benefits package

    Cons

    part of the liberal bubble, too focused on hitting diversity quotas to the detriment of hiring the best candidate for the position

    Advice to Management

    With all the talk about D&I and allowing every employees' voice to be heard and feeling like they belong, it seems like that does not extend to conservative minded employees. You can have your voice heard and feel like you belong only if you align with the liberal majority, or else you'll be ostracized and ridiculed.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Solid company, interesting projects, very smart people with average managers"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some extremely smart people in all aspects of computing from desktop and enterprise software to online search engine to gaming & hardware design.

    You certainly can move within the company from project to project and get exposed to a range of interesting problems.

    Great benefit and fairly healthy work-life balance (although this may vary from to team).

    Cons

    Red tapes due to its business nature (enterprise software) that sometimes conflict with modern data-driven and fast iterative development practices.

    Also, not-invented-here culture is still pretty strong.

    Managers are given a lot of leverage at Microsoft. Bad managers float around and never held accountable.

    I had two managers who basically lost half of the team due to attrition, yet still, get retained and promoted to the next level.

    Advice to Management

    Hold yourself accountable before preaching to the team.


  4. "Time to move on"

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    Former Employee - Director in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, colleagues, stock and opportunities

    Cons

    old school hierarchy, short term vision regarding employees

    Advice to Management

    talking about a new culture isn't translating to that culture actually happening at the company


  5. "overall decent company"

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    Current Employee - SDE2 in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work-life balance, exposure to multiple possibilities inside company

    Cons

    compensations less than other companies


  6. "Microsoft PM"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company to start a career with, able to see large scope of projects, plenty of teams to choose from based on your interest

    Cons

    Decisions are top down, hard to move things fast. Many reorgs. Mostly commercial facing, hard to get to consumers (in most teams)


  7. "Great experience as research intern at MSR"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Intern - Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment.
    lot of benefts

    Cons

    Challenge problems
    lot of team meetings

  8. "Nice place to work with good work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Nice perks , insurance,
    Easy to change location

    Cons

    Old technologies used
    Big company . Some teams lot of politics


  9. Helpful (2)

    "No-one Cars You"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Huge company and a lot of people. Some are very talented.

    Cons

    Because it is huge, no-one cars you. Some people does not have any talents.


  10. "Pretty Good"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy to move within the company

    Cons

    Takes a while to get code approved


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