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Updated October 8, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1944 reviews)

  • Working with really smart people who readily share their great insights is a humbling experience where everyone is treated as equals by all employees (in 1676 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1089 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 519 reviews)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  3. "Hardware Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  4. "Mechanical Engineering Internship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  5. "SDE II"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  6. "Solutions Architect"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  7. "System Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "shiny on the outside"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "It's okay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - (Program Manager, Then Developer for Second Summer) in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - (Program Manager, Then Developer for Second Summer) in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Money, potential to impact lots of people, usually brilliant co-workers, not too stressful

    Cons

    It feels unambitious. Most teams are just keeping the machine running and not doing anything really exciting. People pretend not to be jaded. The culture is ostensibly very idealistic, but reality doesn't match the CEO's speeches.

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to move more freely within the organization. Keep supporting MSR; they are truly awesome.


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