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Updated April 28, 2017
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  • work life balance is a bit of an issue (in 987 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1060)

    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

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


  2. "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than a year)

    Pros

    nice environment. lots of smart coworkers.

    Cons

    I don't really have anything to say for the downside.


  3. "Great"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Several career options, decent benefit, opportunity to work on products that are used by millions of people and 100+ countries

    Cons

    Huge organization (getting visibility needs more effort), matrixed structure (decision making can take time), heavy middle management

    Advice to Management

    Empower people


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Nice but political"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very good work-life balance
    Lots of benefits
    Very well paid

    Cons

    Highly political
    Most decissions are Microsoft based not market based
    A lot of people have just forgotten what is a real job and basically work to keep their role

    Advice to Management

    Bring fresh blood


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Program Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn and develop technical and program management skills

    Cons

    Top heavy. Lots of overhead. Managers are not properly trained to motivate team and have huge egos. Kills desire to do great work as you re mostly required to follow orders and agree to survive and not think independently

    Advice to Management

    Train the managers to do their job. They mostly impede progress rather than facilitating agility and innovation.


  7. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Had multiple careers in one company
    - making a difference to the world through Giving

    Cons

    - Typical large company politics
    - sometimes depends on your manager who sets the culture within the group

    Advice to Management

    HR to support Women Leadership more - not enough women in leadership roles


  8. "Sales at Microsoft"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits. Flexible work schedule. Passionate and intelligent colleagues. Many career paths and options. Generous stock awards. Competitive total compensation.

    Cons

    Big company with sometimes excessive processes and procedures. Very oriented to employees based in Redmond. Historical culture can sometimes still be a hindrance despite the change of management with Satya.

    Advice to Management

    Increase agility in the field to improve ability to address customer and partner needs.


  9. "Microsoft 2017"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culturally there is increasing focus on the customer. The work environment is collaborative, and there are smart, interesting people to learn from. There are both driven and creative problem solvers. Diversity of employees a priority. Employees have a passion for achieving business targets and helping customers.

    Cons

    Still tension between enterprise focus and consumer focus for businesses. The culture does not deal comfortably with substantial ambiguity. Lack of prioritization and randomization occurs too frequently, impacting productivity and resulting in missed milestones. The company is still working to establish a culture of trust in some orgs.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in employees. Increase focus on innovating the technologies to enable productivity of businesses and consumers using more user feedback and ideas. Dogfooding you own products and services skews to an engineering perspective. Develop greater synergies among business units. Scale faster to be a market leader.


  10. "Microsoft"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Designer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Designer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You get to work with some incredibly smart people
    - Very challenging problems with allot of ambiguity
    - Autonomy

    Cons

    - As a multi disciplinary designer I feel there is already a high expectation as far as your contributions, but the obsession with growth mindset and unicorns in unrealistic and not a sustainable practice when it comes to nurturing and supporting employees.

    Advice to Management

    Not everyone does everything and anything well and even if you do you are stretched thin as far as making more impact with your individual superpowers - management should allow a more realistic balance between growth mindset and optimal capability. There are many parts to a successful machine and a piston trying to be transmission and a spark plug just does not make a whole lot of sense.


  11. "Microsoft Service Engineering"

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

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

    Pros

    Really like the work and the challenge. There is always something new and interesting to learn and or discover. The work is engaging and meaningful. Don't have to do to many mundane things.

    Cons

    Management seems to exhibit a lack of focus on what is important and politics prevent growth at times unfairly.

    Advice to Management

    Understand what your employees do and what the job of your organization is. People first and you should also be able to get that next big promotion everyone wants.


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