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  1. "Great work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    work-life balance benefits team culture location

    Cons

    retail hours holidays consumers metrics driven micro manage

    Advice to Management

    retail hours

    Microsoft2019-09-20
  2. Helpful (1551)

    "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
  3. "Developers"

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    Current Employee - Developer in Seattle, WA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Developers heaven to work and stay, you have nice environment and food

    Cons

    lack of freedom to decide which project

    Microsoft2019-09-19
  4. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR 

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great Team Work life balance

    Cons

    Figuring out the next step for employees that want to go corporate

    Microsoft2019-09-19
  5. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager 
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good culture and benefits.

    Cons

    sometime you may felt disorganized and chaotic.

    Microsoft2019-09-19
  6. "awesome"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer 

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    cool place i loved it

    Cons

    food can be very expensive

    Microsoft2019-09-18
  7. "bring your whole self"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You are totally empowered, varies by group

    Cons

    Groupism, still some folks in management who are in old culture

    Microsoft2019-09-19
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Department Head in Mount Pleasant, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Salary is the bast!! Free cofee at the office everyday!!

    Cons

    Work time is all the time people yell at me sometimes

    Advice to Management

    keep being awesome

    Microsoft2019-09-14
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company for growth mind--set"

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    Current Employee - Sva 
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    401k, help benefits like no other besides military Tri-Care.

    Cons

    none if you do your job and remain focused

    Microsoft2019-09-15
  10. "great company, great perks, great culture"

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    Former Employee - Software Test Lead in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    management, vision, team, technology, impact

    Cons

    big company with pockets of workaholics

    Microsoft2019-09-18
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