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Updated September 13, 2018
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  1. "Great!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing. Managers were really great.

    Cons

    Some bad stuff. No free food.

    Advice to Management

    I mean, put salaries on glassdoors.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "UX Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Consultant in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - User Experience Consultant in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Travel a lot, working with many different industries across various industries

    Cons

    Terrible internal politics, more resistance internally with Microsoft-own internal teams than externally with customers

    Advice to Management

    Solve the internal blaming game culture in Services and focus on result and outcome, instead of repeating Victim, Rescuer, Persecutor Karpman drama triangle and ignored customer outcome

  3. "Excellent Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Company to work for

    Cons

    None that I can say of

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Updrafts & Rip Cords"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consulting Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Consulting Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Over 17 years, I worked in 3 different divisions (Online Advertising, Enterprise Sales & Partners - US and then WW), Consulting Services WW) - each time, it was working in a new company without the necessity of learning the basics. It was a phenomenal opportunity to drive new projects, make a positive impact and move to the next role.

    Cons

    There is very limited upside if you have worked there for more than 12 years. The funnel starts to become very, very, very narrow for opportunities and growth possibilities. Unless you have solved world hunger in hte last 12 months, you will be asked to leave at some point - so be ready with Plan B. You are almost guaranteed the necessity of pulling the rip cord.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job -


  5. "Awesome place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Cloud Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Cloud Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, good leadership, and great focus on customer, technology, and community. I enjoy being part of the leading edge and solving complex issues.

    Cons

    So many technologies makes it difficult to go deep into the well of knowledge.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Change the “dating” methods... (recruiting and vendor experience)"

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    Current Contractor - Lead Technical Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Lead Technical Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working for the “beast” is a little less beastie now because of the option to work from home. Challenging business problems with the need to resolve at a breakneck pace can be stimulating.

    Cons

    Don’t let a recruiter or overly optimistic manager fool you into thinking that you’re going to get recognition as a vendor or hired if you desire to be. Restrictions on hiring are top down and autocratic. Managers make empty promises to more work extensions for contractors or tease with the desire of permanent hire whether they know they’re doing it or not.

    “DO NOT talk in meetings if you’re a vendor...”. Yup, I was told that...less than six months ago. Better work on the cast system issue... It remains for sure.

    Are you female? A vendor? You’re taking notes for our meeting, by the way. It’s assumed.

    Do not treat this place like there’s an open door policy or flat hierarchy. There’s not... If you give your opinion, expect silence from your FTE managers while they scramble to decipher a MSFT style response. Expect them to hire the token extremely overqualified female in the flock of moderately overqualified males. Expect them to tell females they’re “too emotional” and ignore men that have unhelpful attitudes.

    Sadly, still a cut throat place after all these years. More than one friend of mine and myself included have had some sort of PTSD afterwards. Not the easiest place to work if you don’t want new gray hair....

    Advice to Management

    Applicants need to be skilled/certified in at least some of your software to work there. Your policy makers are burdening your company because they make programs without technologists who know how to automate them. If you want to hire people without knowledge of your products, you’re going to have less productive people on the job. Test people, at minimum. It looks super bad when FTEs know nothing about the products.

    Kill 18/6. You’re coming off desperate. When folks are ready to go back and they qualify, just let them. You’re wasting money finding that one candidate that qualifies AND has network time remaining WITH the desire to work there in the mix.

    Make the switch to TEMP to HIRE. Do 12 months to hire, but roll out the red carpet for those people. Make people feel like they’re valued to work there. So much bad stuff has happened for the way MICROSOFT has evolved with permatemps, and now it needs to find humanity instead of more inhumane policy. It hurts people’s lives when policy is indecisive quarter to quarter about resources, and that creates more bitterness in the community towards the company because it seems inhumane.

    Stop the madness and give people a 12 month shot. If the job is needed for more than 12 months, it needs to be a full time job to avoid the churn and pain for the business unit that now has to tell the vendor to train someone to take over their job until they’re laid off. This isn’t a way to make friends and build trust! Become a coveted workplace again by not making yourself more of a turnover mess. Slow down for talent. Roll out a red carpet for VENDORS and reboot your reputation. Offer temp to perm with set goals. Set yourself apart from all the other tech giants seeking innovation by allowing people to get to know their job enough to innovate.

    Re-evaluate that hidden black list of vendors. I’m willing to bet money many managers have been doing a disservice to vendors that care deeply about the company.

    Be careful of squelched talent. You’re trying to identify talent, but FTEs are far from time balanced. How are they going to have time to truly see a diamond in the rough if they don’t have time to slow down and listen?

    Drive adoption of MSX. Oh ya. You know this one, eh? I’m the one that’s got the answer to bring the whole sales force onto MSX happily. However, I won’t have a chance to show my idea. Maybe you should have a way to get these amazing ideas thrown away by other managers?

    Also, I’m the one that Satya probably needed at that meeting table he mentioned in his book - the one that would have stood up and gave unabashed opinions regardless of who was there. However, VENDORS like me get lost in the mess of 18/6 and managers who’d prefer to squelch those who have an opinion or take their ideas as their own while the real innovator gets their contract cancelled....


  7. "Great technology employer to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chevy Chase, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chevy Chase, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft provides excellent opportunities for professionals who value the ability to work independently and take on challenging work.

    Cons

    Microsoft is not the place for underachievers or someone who doesn't want to put forth their best effort.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. If anything, more opportunities to meet up with our colleagues face to face at conferences or offsites would be well worth the cost.

  8. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Marketing Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Senior Marketing Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    No shortage of work to be done!

    Cons

    Sometimes projects can take quite some time to complete, which is typical when working for a large company


  9. "Data and AI Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data and AI Consultant
    Current Employee - Data and AI Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, benefits, location, CEO, flexibility, ability to move laterally

    Cons

    Work-life balance, compensation in this particular position


  10. "Recruiter"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great platform to try out different roles/things;
    great resource and easy to access;
    culture promoting diverse and inclusive;

    Cons

    Free meal is not available;
    Comp is mediocre while competing in the tier1 market.

    Advice to Management

    More investment is needed to take care of some small things such as meal that could go a long way standing out in today's talent market.