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Microsoft Bellevue Reviews

Updated December 13, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1966 reviews)

  • Working with really smart people who readily share their great insights is a humbling experience where everyone is treated as equals by all employees (in 1691 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1100 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 519 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineering Internship - Great experience"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Bellevue, WA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I had a really great experience with the team I worked on. I enjoyed my coworkers and the project I was given. I had to be very self-directed. Benefits were good and very competitive for a software engineering internship.

    Cons

    Difficult to switch teams and interview with other teams. You're sort of stuck where you're at and sometimes in the organization you get placed into. You also don't get much say in what team you'll be placed for an internship position.


  2. "Plenty of great learning"

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Constantly using new technologies and always something to learn.

    Cons

    Never really enough time to get a solution worked out, when you have to move on to the next thing.

  3. "Location"

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    Current Employee - SSP in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - SSP in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Microsoft has typically always done right by high performing employees, however some of the flaws in the Salary are geographically based and therefore create discrepancies among employee expectation.

    Cons

    There are Geographic Discrepancies, but the market demand doesn't necessarily change.


  4. "Partner Development Manager"

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    Current Contractor - Partner Development Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Contractor - Partner Development Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really great culture and environment

    Cons

    Challenges within organization in terms of direction


  5. "Great place to work if you work hard and can live in a world of continuous changes"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility to tailor your job to your liking
    Easy to move around within the company
    Great benefits for high performers

    Cons

    Frequent and major changes in strategy and roles
    Internal politics above a certain level
    Unpredictable and frequent layoffs can be demotivating


  6. "Good company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    Stable, good benefit, good work-life balance.
    However the promotion is controlled by Manager.

    Cons

    Relative low income comparing to other IT company.


  7. "Great place to work, You can learn alot"

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    Former Intern - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Intern - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ALOT of resources
    Great benefits
    Interns are treated like kings
    Great pay
    Challenging projects
    Great room to grow
    Great diversity

    Cons

    It is easy to be put in a position where you don't do a lot of valuable work.
    Some deployment tools are super old
    No free food like Google and Facebook but you will live

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work, especially on the diversity and recruitment front.

  8. "Sales @ Microsoft"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Vision of the company in helping every company and individual to achieve more. its built into the culture.

    Cons

    Missteps of the past, not enough emphasis on marketing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


  9. "Great culture"

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

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

    Pros

    good work life balance, good compensation

    Cons

    none that I can think of


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Depends on where you land."

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and great benefits. I relocated from a less competitive software industry in comparison to Puget Sound, so I'm probably underestimating a good living. There are a lot of cool things going on at Microsoft. It feels like you're entering a pretty special company, given its track record. Regardless of anyone's strengths or weaknesses, you'll encounter some pretty smart people here and it feels good to work with capable people. There generally feels to be a high standard of technical understanding without penalizing those who don't know everything. Most managers and peers are friendly and helpful. The facilities are modern and clean with amenities. You should have just about any resource you'll need to do the best job you can.

    Cons

    Microsoft is a 10 ton behemoth with who knows how many teams, products, and organizations. It's unreasonable to believe you can be satisfied with your job just anywhere. Enjoyment of your job is highly dependent on what team you're on and the specific things you're responsible for. Some organizations are bound to aging tools, codebases, and other technical debt issues that can make work stressful and uninteresting. On the other end, there are teams building bleeding edge tools and services that you can nerd out forever on.

    Advice to Management

    It's tough to get started in any software company, but Microsoft takes the cake.
     My on-boarding experience was awful. No one on my team even knew I was coming, my manager went on vacation for a month after my first week, leaving someone who wasn't very interested in helping me get started. Tools and processes were impossible on any given day.


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