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Updated April 6, 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1154 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent Company to work for. Continuous learning"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Enterprise Architect in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Enterprise Architect in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to learn and advance your career. Challenging environment and advance technologies.

    Cons

    Time consuming. Work-life balance is a myth. But you have to work hard and smart to stay on the Top.

    Advice to Management

    The new management figured it out. compete and partner with all viable technologies to keep Microsoft innovating.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "TAM"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great, smart, passionate people.
    Salary and benefits are excellent

    Cons

    Bad Managers will destroy you.
    Managers have favorites
    Stack ranking is still there
    The most moral ethical company- I disagree from aan employee standpoint.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire technical people into managers.
    Listen to your people more or they will leave you in droves as they are doing now.

  3. "General Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - General Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility in spite of hard work and demanding goals. Exciting to be a part of sales/services team.

    Cons

    Poorly chosen executives. Too long identifying and managing problem executives out.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time developing leaders and managers. Work on retention strategies.


  4. "Long Timer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, empowered to change the world

    Cons

    Development jobs limited in location, particularly Seattle. Competitive environment.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Experience and Professional Growth"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have endless resources for personal growth and benefits for tuition reimbursement.
    Overall compensation and benefits are well above average
    Satya is a refreshing change and has made the atmosphere more collaborative

    Cons

    It's a large company and they do not move quickly as might be perceived
    Support Services is well behind the industry in terms of methods and modes
    Not open to ideas bottom up - they have to be funded top down. You can have positive ROI or innovative ideas and still not be supported or expanded.

    Advice to Management

    Just because you are Microsoft, does not mean you can not look outward for best practices. Success manager roles have been in the industry for many years as a best practice. Microsoft has only started to build out this service.


  6. "great place if you're motivated"

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    Current Employee - Escalation Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Escalation Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    smart coworkers, diverse and inclusive staff

    Cons

    constantly on the grind, must advertise yourself and build your reputation because your manager may or may not fight for you


  7. "C# Programmer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Escalation Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Escalation Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outstanding compensation and health benefits

    Cons

    I cannot think of any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going with the innovations!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "It's a good place to work but emp performance and reviews system is still maddening."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Escalation Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Escalation Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are competitive. Flexible work arrangements are very common. The actual work can be very interesting and rewarding once you get past all the management/corporate crap.

    Cons

    No job security. Always just waiting on the axe to fall and get shoved out. Rewards are all about how well you can market yourself to management, not about the work you do.

    Advice to Management

    Stop calibration, stack ranking, or whatever we are calling it this FY and enough with all the impact jargon and 4-5 forced "connects" each year.


  9. "The ultimate collaborative environment."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Support Escalation Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Current Contractor - Support Escalation Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor

    Pros

    Smart people who focus on having fun while getting the job done.

    Having an onsite cafeteria saves time during lunch hour.

    Cons

    There is a steep learning requirement when doing the initial ramp up. Be prepared to reorganize your priorities if it wasn't already 2 or 3.


  10. "Consumer Product Advisor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Meeting tons of people, fun work environment, fun coworkers, they take great care of you

    Cons

    Hard area of growth, work full time hours but paid part time.

    Advice to Management

    Try to help for growth in a more open way


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