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Updated October 18, 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1174 reviews)

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  1. "Great team"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer() in Redmond, WA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer() in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun team, great work. Great learning experience

    Cons

    The town is not the most fun


  2. Helpful (1414)

    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop.

    2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice.

    3. Even with it's struggles MSFT is still a cash printing machine. This means if you can keep your nose clean and do reasonable work, you can have a stable job, pay your bills, feed your family, and not worry (too much) about layoffs. The stock you own likely won't tank, but probably won't go up much either. You'll get a bonus each year and some stock. It's a decent life if you aren't looking to light the world on fire.

    Cons

    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies.

    Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand out" and move up in the company. Don't expect your manager to be much of an advocate or enabler to help you meet your career goals - they are basically trying to survive the stack rank every year too. Not familiar with the stack rank? Check out the 2012 Vanity Fair article called "Microsoft's Lost Decade".

    Advice to Management

    I'll type it here - but I don't they are listening...
    1. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities.
    2. Kill/evolve the stack rank. Here's basically how it's viewed:. 30% of the company gets 1s and 2s - and they are happy. 50% get 3s and that basically feels like getting a "C" in school. This sucks for talented people when a multitude of UNCONTROLLABLE conditions keep you from getting into 1 or 2 range. The 20% getting anything below a 3 are walking dead. In summary, 70% of the company walk away from the review cycle feeling like crap. This is no good.

    After 10 years, I'm leaving - it's just a matter of time until I find the right opportunity. I need to find a company spends 90% of it's time building technology experiences, as opposed to 90% of its time building PowerPoints. And I expect to refuse the exit interview - because if you really cared what I thought, you wouldn't ask me after I decided to leave.

  3. "Great company to intern at!"

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    Current Intern - ACE Marketing in Redmond, WA
    Current Intern - ACE Marketing in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, fun projects, amazing intern experience

    Cons

    Depending on the team, can be a little slow paced


  4. "Great"

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    Current Intern - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Intern - Program Manager Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    it can get pretty bureaucratic


  5. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice work environment. Good culture

    Cons

    18 months policy on contract employees


  6. "Not bad"

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

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

    Pros

    great perks and compensation and people

    Cons

    no free food, not a leader in consumer

    Advice to Management

    you're doing okay!


  7. "Amazing Intern Experience"

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    Former Employee - MIcrosoft Explorer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - MIcrosoft Explorer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easily the best company to intern at. They give you insane benefits, treat you nicely, and almost everyone gets return offers!

    Cons

    No free food. Other companies offer free food.

    Advice to Management

    Keep what you're doing with the Intern program. It's awesome!

  8. "PM Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern

    Pros

    Manageable work/life balance, passionate people, tons of interesting work being done all around the company! They are very nice to their interns.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to get things done in a timely manner without a ton of pushing; different teams often have incredibly different work processes and not a lot of communication


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to build a career"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible career growth paths, you control your destiny, meaningful work, great work-life balance

    Cons

    Very functional orgs which discourages taking an end to end perspective on the business and the company

    Advice to Management

    Proactively help top talent find new roles and not get stagnant in the same team or business (even if they are getting promoted regularly). It'll benefit the company through cross pollination and benefit the individuals through the new experiences they'll gain.


  10. "Microsoft is underrated"

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

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

    Pros

    Phenomenal perks; generally good work-life balance; great tooling for developers to be productive

    Cons

    Lot of variance in technical capabilities of peers

    Advice to Management

    Stricter reviews of managers; flatter orgs with more technically competent managers needed.


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