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  1. "Great company to work for and develop a career."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits. You get to work with incredibly intelligent colleagues and have diverse set of career opportunities. Incredibly strong company leadership.

    Cons

    Can have an intense work environment lacking in balance during certain times of the year. Continued opportunity to breakdown silos across organizations but great traction as of late.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to evolve to meet the company culture and mission Satya put in motion the last few years. Build community amongst your teams and extended partners. We all want to be part of something bigger and be in it together.


  2. "Senior HR Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sr. Human Resources Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Sr. Human Resources Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Inspiring global reach - where else can you impact BILLIONS with a mission to "empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more". Satya Nadella's "Hit Refresh" culture is spot on. We are not the old Microsoft ... but not yet all we want to be. Benefits are INCREDIBLE. Pay is targeted in the top 2/3rds. Endless opportunities to grow and be challenged.

    Cons

    Our size, business complexity, and momentum is a blessing and a curse. Our challenge is to be agile (innovators dilemma), keep the customer at the heart of everything we do (despite layers of overhead), and embrace a "growth mindset" culture (when billions are seemingly at stake).

    Advice to Management

    Our mission, values, and strategy seems on target ... now live them out with full integrity.

  3. "Satya is changing MSFT in amazing ways!"

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

    Pros

    New leadership is driving a very inclusive culture, whereby, everyone can make a significant impact!

    Cons

    The company is very Redmond focused


  4. "Like the direction, but at what cost??"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company CEO change was long over due and is making an impact in showing our longer term strategy.
    Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Folks are overworked right now, with no end in sight and management is not empathetic.
    Some pockets of management are way too political.
    New 'review' process seems disjointed as well as how rewards are determined. They say there is not a curve but when you have to manage to a budget the reality is there has to be a curve or stack ranking to manage to the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Be fully authentic about review/rewards process.
    Continue to break down political barriers that keep us from getting out work done across the company.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Senior HR Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic company that's focused on developing and rewarding top talent. Resources are abundant and aspirations are high, so there's always some interesting work to get involved with.

    Cons

    Over-segmentation of HR roles makes it difficult to get the breadth necessary to grow into more senior leadership positions at smaller-sized businesses.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the focus on growing and developing top talent.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Company"

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

    Pros

    Great company in the midst of very positive change.

    Cons

    Lots of ambiguity during these times of change

    Advice to Management

    Stay close to your great people. They are hard to replace.


  7. "Attacked on all fronts"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    High total compensation
    great facilities

    Cons

    Too much political behavior
    poor internal diversity programs

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your culture.

  8. "Great Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Career development, company leaders do a good job communicating, employee stock programs, focused on building diverse workforce

    Cons

    Fast moving industry leads to having lots of challenges


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Many amazing growth opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    At Microsoft you're expected to be a self-starter and in charge of directing your own career. You drive you career as aggressively or slow-paced as you prefer. Work-life balance does exists, but it really depends again on how aggressively you want to drive your career here. If you have a great idea, you are encouraged to pursue it. Management is supportive of coming up with new and creative ways of doing this. People managers are more like coaches than "bosses" and generally follow sound management principles.

    If you can "navigate" in this matrixed organization and can deal with not having all the answers but still being expected to try you best to come up with a solution then you will be happy here!

    The people here are brilliant. Super smart and really friendly. They are genuinely interested in helping you move your career forward and will help you in any way that they can. You can easily find mentors and make connections here.

    The Benefits are great! Free gym membership, premium healthcare insurance, and a lot more.

    Cons

    Not for the feint of heart. Microsoft is increasingly complex and you have to be able to put all the pieces together and understand how you fit into the grand scheme of things. Sometimes you really can feel you're not even a "blip" on the radar here. It's really important to build a good network if you want visibility and a good promotional trajectory.

    Promotional velocity can be a bit slow with too much of a focus on the dreaded "length in level". On the other hand, people get promoted to very senior positions without the role necessarily requiring it as a means to retain that person. Usually this doesn't end well.

    Unstable Organizations- with so many merging and splitting and reconfiguring of teams and structures one can feel as though stability is lacking.

    Advice to Management

    While experience counts, you have to also recognize that you have brilliant talent here, many of whom have a high intellectual capacity and are able to grow and scale quickly. Many could be start-up entrepreneurs down in Silicon Valley. It's important to not have earlier-in-career talent feel stuck.

    Continue to focus on building simplicity into everything you do: from how you structure your organizations, to how you stratify your management team, to how you align support resources, etc. It's so easy to over-complicate things and even if finding the easiest way to do things means not doing everything, it's fine.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company - experience depends upon group and manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits for families, preventative health, and pay. Lots of smart people to learn from - good and bad. Ability to experience difference things and teams.

    Cons

    Very competitive, manager can make or break it. Often slow to move, politics prevalent and pointing fingers. Family life not always supported - especially for women surrounded by men with stay at home wives.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent, genuine to your directs. Support your teams and encourage individuals.