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Updated February 12, 2018
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  • Certain groups can have poor work-life balance (in 1120 reviews)

  • Mid level management, review system (in 522 reviews)

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  1. "It was great until they divested this part of their business"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding comp, benefits, and stock sharing. Yearly Stock awards that vest over 5 years are a great way to retain top talent. Other tech companies should take note...

    Cons

    Things can become bureaucratic and you can get lost if you're not a self starter and able to influence others for your cause. Rating system was overly reliant on goal commitments made early on in the review cycle.

    Advice to Management

    Basing salary merit increases on ones commitments without constantly seeing if those are in line with current business strategy can motivate in the wrong direction.


  2. "Amazing company to work for and a company with great values"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge Technology
    Global products and services
    Smart and good people

    Cons

    Process heavy
    Too many steps involved in releasing stuff

    Advice to Management

    Increase agility and reduce the compliance process

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is one of a kind with all the benefits you are getting.

    Cons

    Stock is not an important piece in compensation, in house software, old practises


  4. "Hardware Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and cool projects

    Cons

    Salary slightly lower then software jobs


  5. "Mechanical Engineering Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, very cool products

    Cons

    Work can be unstructured


  6. "SDE II"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good package. Balanced work culture. Long timers get very good benefits.

    Cons

    Nothing specific.
    Heard there were politics in India office but that was very log ago.


  7. "Solutions Architect"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic changes with Satha Nadellas leadership and initiatives. Great flexibility and attitude from the company and Azure growth is phenomenal and game changes for the company and the industry

    Cons

    Pay struct and comp can be better but nothing too bad to complain about. I have nothing much to add here

    Advice to Management

    Keep driving what you are driving

  8. "System Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    full package of benefits; lots of opportunities to get training and education

    Cons

    As many big corps MS has too many layers of management, which makes execution of project less effective some times.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work, great company, but you can end up in a "Microsoft bubble""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Strong vision and company direction
    + Great benefits (although not as great as they used to be)
    + A lot of openness and trust among peers, at least in the field organization
    + Strong emphasis on career development
    + Culture of mobility within the company - changing roles and moving to different divisions is encouraged; you don't get stuck in a "career track" if you don't want to

    Cons

    - Career opportunities outside Redmond can be limited
    - Layoffs do happen (that's why I'm no longer there after 12+ years). I could have applied for other internal roles, but decided it was time for a change, because...
    - Microsoft has such an all-encompassing worldview regarding technology and their products, that it's easy to fall into the "bubble" of thinking that Microsoft's solutions should be the answer to everything. "Why would anyone ever use <alternative product> when Microsoft has <X>?" The rest of the world doesn't see things that way, even generally pro-Microsoft partners and customers, so it's easy to get out of touch with the rest of the tech world.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employees to stay more aware of competitive and complementary technologies. Send field employees to industry-wide training and conferences, not just years of internal conferences like TechReady or the new combined MGX/TechReady/etc.


  10. "shiny on the outside"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Consultant in Mountain View, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Consultant in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    snacks and sense of humor

    Cons

    segmented management, lack of communication, difficult prototype path especially financial approval levels, severely affected extended team project documentation

    Advice to Management

    need to get a better handle on how things are really done in the development ( people management) and grasp improvements that would lead to better cohesive collaboration efforts


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