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Updated July 10, 2017
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  1. "Love the company and benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the company and benefits

    Cons

    Wish more internal roles could be had from outside Redmond area


  2. "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, Flexibility, Benefits, Pay, Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    Process, Tools, Communication, Inefficiencies, Direction

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Software Technology Leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work opportunities to engage with enterprise corporate customers to showcase software products and the custom solution integration capabilities. Excellent business and technical skills training.

    Cons

    Focus on performance development is up the ladder or out. Cannot maintain focus on a specific position for an extended time.

    Advice to Management

    Better performance management planning and execution on development plans


  4. "All around great company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Consumer Service Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consumer Service Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working full time at the Microsoft retail store is a great opportunity to have. The managers are very flexible. The benefits are the best. The opportunity for growth is amazing.

    Cons

    There are a couple bad apples but as long as you do your job, you shouldn't be affected.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing great!


  5. "I feel so incredibly lucky to work at this company and in this role."

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    Current Employee - Community Evangelist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Community Evangelist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone truly does want to help you succeed. The management team in Developer Experience is a powerhouse and the opportunity to learn and grow in role here is invaluable.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be difficult. In an event-centric space, travel and time is demanding. The normal 9-5 workday does not really exist in this space. It's worth it.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "MIcrosoft-Great Place to Work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Role, working with companies, around solutions selling

    Cons

    focus is around monthly targets, need to be more long term strategic.

    Advice to Management

    Look at growth instead of quota-


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Bad experience"

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    Former Employee - Solution Sales Professional in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Solution Sales Professional in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    - Microsoft pays well and their benefits are also well above average.

    Note: They do not necessarily pay well in sales as MSFT has a 75% threshold, i.e. you get no commission for the first 75% of quota. If you don't hit 75% of quota, you get $0 (and possibly encouraged to leave) for the year. Very unusual, unique to MSFT.

    Cons

    - Microsoft is trying to improve their culture as, even Satya admits, it went way off the rails. Some spots are better than others, but in general the middle management ensures that it is the same backstabbing environment which earned MSFT its reputation. Most managers say the right thing (e.g. "growth mindset") while operating the same as usual.
    - In conjunction with the above, MSFT is a pretty poor environment if you are looking for job security in many spots. A manager can come in and fire a handful of people on the team because they want to "shake it up" or bring in their own people. Not pleasant, even if you are not directly effected. There is no one Microsoft though (totally different company from org to org and manager to manager), so there are people who make a lot of money to basically hang out while others are put through the ringer and tossed.
    - MSFT's products are legacy.
    - MSFT has very high turnover, especially for a company that pays well with great benefits. People either get forced to leave or they can't deal with the politics and managers so they leave of their own accord. If I had to describe working for MSFT in one word, it would be: political.

    Advice to Management

    The people who you think are your best employees are often your worst (political skills). The people who leave are often among your best.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Vice President"

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    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stable company with a large customer base

    Cons

    Senior Leadership are very unethical

    Advice to Management

    look after your people, don't just say one thing and then do the opposite


  9. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Super smart coworkers, work hard/play hard culture.

    Cons

    Large company, you need to have the skills to manage through that type of organization.


  10. "Incredible Company"

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    Current Employee - Support Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Support Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits.
    Incredible team culture. Hard to find someone who doesn't want to be there.
    You get to wear gym shoes and jeans.
    Great growth opportunities. Other Orgs are always looking for talent.

    Cons

    None. Be willing to stick it out and make yourself and your work known, and you'll be fine.


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