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Updated Mar 25, 2019

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer Lead in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture to continue improving personally and as a company

    Cons

    Big company, can at times feel disconnected.

    Microsoft2019-02-06
  2. "Rating Microsoft As A Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Service Engineer Lead in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great resources to leverage, lots of great people to work with. Extremely important projects to work on.

    Cons

    Depending on what org you are in it can be extremely political and completely unhealthy - typically their projects are not that important and with a few questions and research its not hard to figure out what to avoid.

    Advice to Management

    Great opportunities, great talent. Always challenge great talent and don't accept status quo.

    Microsoft2019-03-26
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    "Amazing benefits"

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    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stocks are a amazing way to make a load of extra cash.

    Cons

    I can't even name any.

    Microsoft2017-12-03
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Lead Software Test Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to have big impact. Opportunity to work with brilliant people. Opportunity to learn and develop new skills.

    Cons

    Old review model forced unfair review and compensation. Review model supports unbalanced work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the need to force reviews to fit a particular curve or distribution. In other words, there can be a team of all superstars.

    Microsoft2017-12-08
  5. "Senior Lead Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Lead Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with best people! Have a wide diversity of products. Fast paced environment with opportunities to grow in your career and to learn new technologies!

    Cons

    Work life balance can be challenging at times

    Microsoft2017-05-26
  6. "Lead Senior Software Developer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer Lead in Redmond, WA
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    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It is definitely progressive where idea generation and vision is created. Solving problems and developing great software that offers new features never seen before is what can happen within the teams at Microsoft. Just building the best is the main reason.

    Cons

    Communication needs to be improved with teams and upwards to management. I'd like to see communication on the scale and quality of what Scott Guthrie did with his teams.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the developers. They hold the key to making systems easy to change and be flexible. Developers, those who are seasoned, know how to design and architect systems so competitors could never catch up and the end user will be delighted. Watch out for lingo overuse where one is giving the appearance of technical understanding when they really do not have a grasp on what is possible and how to get there.

    Microsoft2017-03-23
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great technology, but could be more customer-centric."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test Lead in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Microsoft is a big company with lots of opportunities. Good ideas can get traction wherever they come from. Junior employees can make a difference.

    Cons

    In spite of an effort to promote a “Microsoft Culture”, different parts of the company have quite different cultures. Often try to solve all problems by writing code – even problems that could be better solved other ways.

    Advice to Management

    Find or grow middle managers who value people and grow teams. Take a longer-term view of organizational health. Encourage engineers to broaden by switching teams more. Focus on customers more and products less.

    Microsoft2016-07-23
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    "Mid career need not apply"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer Lead in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Good salary and perks. Nice offices. Work with challenging and important technology Work with very smart people.

    Cons

    The company is very paternalistic. I haven't felt that ordered around since high school. The harsh review cycle encourages bad behavior by employees. Internal politics are quite brutal. People helping each other without some ulterior motive is rare. Not recommended if you you are a mid- late career person. The above noted pro - lots of smart people - leads to a lot of arrogance and hubris. People are always *very*...

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    Advice to Management

    You guys need to lighten up. The review system needs to be changed to allow employees to focus on the products and customers instead of playing Machiavellian games to get promoted.

    Microsoft2016-05-21
  9. "Great company, Good benefits, smart people, but can become too complacent"

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    Current Employee - Project Lead & Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good work life balance - Smart people to work with - Great pay and benefits - Good brand to have on your resume

    Cons

    - You can become too complacent, and career growth may stall, unless you are motivated enough to constantly keep evaluating your situation - Not enough opportunity to learn new (non-Microsoft) technologies. Although this is changing in many teams now.

    Advice to Management

    - Be open minded and adopt growth mindset - Create opportunities to develop new tech skills for ICs - Don't let laid back culture set in

    Microsoft2016-05-04
  10. "Great benefits and good people, but struggling to make the culture shift"

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    Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
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    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I've been a long time employee after starting several years ago right out of college. I have been on teams ranging from amazing to fantastic. There are certainly a diverse set of personalities to deal with but generally if you are not abrasive yourself, you will find yourself immediately part of the engineering community. The shifts in HR policy in recent years have really put Microsoft at the forefront of progressive...

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    Cons

    Satya's new vision for the company is fantastic and the different divisions are taking different approaches to realize it. As can be expected, some divisions are struggling to make the culture change promised by Satya. Few other companies have as many products and features to coordinate for aligning releases and delivering the customer "pop" that investors need to see and there is an aversion to taking risks after the...

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    Advice to Management

    Windows VP level engineering managers need to take their hands of the controls and trust the Director level managers align to the vision and embrace bottoms up culture change to enable this supertanker of a product to change direction.

    Microsoft2016-01-27
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