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Updated October 12, 2018
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  1. "Software engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with work going on in a lot of difference areas, so an employee can switch internally and work on difference technologies

    Cons

    Typical of big companies, not many opportunities to make an impact at junior levels.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "average"

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    Current Contractor - Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Contractor - Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    big company and big investment

    Cons

    could be better than competitors

  3. "Good company! Excellent work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ISV Technical Evangelist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - ISV Technical Evangelist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is finally being recognized for great work. Number 1 or 2 in most technologies. Cares about employees. Stock grants. Healthcare is fine.

    Cons

    Not viewed as "Cool" or "Open-source friendly" - reality is it's cool and Open-Source Friendly.

    Advice to Management

    Be competitive with salary trends and retention. Evangelize our position on Open Source


  4. "Microsoft"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Xper in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Business Xper in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Growth Opportunities are limited and don't come around too often.

    Advice to Management

    Employees don't leave jobs, they leave bad managers.


  5. "Service Advisor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work isn't very hard at all once you get a hang of all the processes. It's an extremely great start to any IT career and depending on the store you apply at, you can get away with very little tech knowledge.

    Cons

    The role is very customer oriented and you will sometimes have to work with customers that don't always respect you. There's usually a lot of issues that customer will blame you for because you represent Microsoft and you sort of have to take it on the chin and move on. Moving up from the service advisor role is also very tough because depending on the store, the leadership may not care.

    Advice to Management

    Make more opportunities for someone to move up from the service advisor role


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good work Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Data Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Contractor - Data Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Engineers around you, And have good amount of time to solve the problems

    Cons

    Looks contractors as the Aliens


  7. "The perfect company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The culture and beliefs of the company make you feel good to work for someone who cares so much about its customers and employees

    Cons

    None that I can think of, outside of the company not letting employees know where certain hardware divisions are headed ahead of time

    Advice to Management

    Work your way up, earning a management role will benefit you much more than being handed one

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Account Executive - Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products, great and vast set of resources to help you accomplish goals. Superb benefits - the best I have ever seen.

    Cons

    Not AGILE at all. This 'big ship' does not turn quickly at all; as a result many clients get very frustrated. Clients did not like contract reviews as MSFT refused to 'Red-Line' adjust any contract language. Too bureaucratic and can be political. Many of the diversity hires I worked with are not qualified at all; especially in MSFT Consulting Services (MCS)

    Advice to Management

    Satya Nadella is doing a good job but MSFT needs to move faster and satisfy clients issues quicker. Continue to innovate and with the move to the cloud based software (SaaS)


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Thoughts after 17+ years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    * You get to work on technology that impacts millions of people
    * Good benefits. The ones I like are free MSDN subscription, company store deals (example: $25 Xbox Gold per year), $800 reimbursement per year for sports equipment and activities
    * Lots of opportunity to move around the company and work on different projects
    * Stable company, low risk of Microsoft going anywhere anytime soon

    Cons

    * Extremely political.
    * You have to be very careful with management and with peers, if you talk too much about what is not going well and how to change it you may be seen as too negative and that you can never overcome even if you are sincere in your intentions of making things better and offer suggestions on how to change
    * Values external candidates rather than internal ones
    * Slow to respond to new technologies or opportunities

    Advice to Management

    I don't believe the level of management that could enable change will be reading this right now. Perhaps recruiting will so they can learn what impressions external candidates will have when they go through the interview loop. I have been at Microsoft through the Gates and Ballmer years and now since Satya's start. During the Ballmer years Microsoft was always late to respond to disruptive technologies like the internet, virtualization and mobile phones to name a few. I believe Microsoft and its shareholders are much better off with the direction Satya is taking the company. At this point though Microsoft is so big and has its hands in so many different things - Azure, Office 365, gaming, etc that its hard for Microsoft to respond quickly to opportunities. This slowness is fueled by the politics of the organization getting in the way of making any change quickly. One final thought, over the years I've had an average of a new manager every 18 months. Out of all of these I can think of only 3 that were true people managers. They made it their job to guide you, advise you, and help you get to where you are going in your career. Most everyone else I've come across was in the management position for what felt like power. Most people do not leave an organization because of the organization they leave because of management and this is ultimately why I left.


  10. "BI Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Big Data Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Contractor - Big Data Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great people and Interesting work

    Cons

    Lagging in coordination in the team.


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