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Updated December 16, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1966 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 1691 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1100 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1295)

    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

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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. "Principal PM Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal PM Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Principal PM Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, work is challenging, always working with latest technologies

    Cons

    salary band is first to be cut during right sizing, tech ageism is real

    Advice to Management

    Include age as a protected category in diversity and inclusion initiatives

  3. "Audit"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company that's re-inventing itself, so great energy...super smart people, better benefits than most companies (used to be better years ago), reasonable pay, great local presence and focus on community.

    Cons

    Small fish in a huge pond...huge. Majorly huge company that you can get lost in and difficult at times to feel that you are making an impact.

    Advice to Management

    Live and exhibit the culture wanted. the company makes so much money, think about sharing more with the most valuable assets at the company...employees.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Place for Growth and Impact, Culture Still Needs Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Manager and entire team was dedicated towards nurturing employees, very open and helpful. Team was enthusiastic about making impacts and doing the right things.

    Cons

    Culture and initiatives were often bottoms-up, leading to the loudest voices getting the most resources. Focus on customers was less developed, and there was much more incentive to get new features out than to investigate bugs and improvements in user experience.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on current features with a better experience. Software in production can be buggy.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Best Employee Friendly Company I have ever seen,good perks, good food , good work culture
    good cocurricular facilities.
    Company is transforming by adopting cutting edge technologies . Research and innovation wing under new leadership has been able to re energise staff . Exciting things are happening at this department . Great penchant for innovation

    Cons

    Should improve hiring process . Its very slow and time taking process . Time lines for hiring is generally more than 8 months which is very tedious and time consuming . Overall coordination with many departments is slow and issues that need faster resolution doesn’t happen overnight . Finance and travel department needs strong restructuring . Any issues addressed to these departments doesn’t get resolved quickly

    Advice to Management

    1. Some of the managers are pathetic. It's miserable to work under these guys.
    2. Too much process
    3. Inter-team communication is terrible
    4. Please learn how from research and innovation wing led by Satish C has been able to ring in positive changes . He is one of most widely accepted leaders in Organisation with positive outlook . His enhanced greater role in the new setup could bring in significant changes on how we portray Microsoft while adopting digital transformation


  6. "Not as growth-mindset oriented as they might hope to be"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work with a lot of smart people

    Cons

    One aspect of the growth mindset requires that we be willing to consider all opinions, not just those of our peers or superiors.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Software Test Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Lead Software Test Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to have big impact.
    Opportunity to work with brilliant people.
    Opportunity to learn and develop new skills.

    Cons

    Old review model forced unfair review and compensation.
    Review model supports unbalanced work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the need to force reviews to fit a particular curve or distribution. In other words, there can be a team of all superstars.

  8. "Many different opportunities for career advancement"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great
    Pay is competitive with other tech companies
    Career advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Team quality varies across divisions


  9. "Principal Software Dev Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place if you have a good manager and project. Very stable job, good work-life balance, good co-workers and lot of opportunities.

    Cons

    Company was too slow moving, showed very little respect to outside technologies. The division partner/VP called the shots based on his view of the world, there was to checks and balances or factoring in of customer needs or competitive progress.

    Advice to Management

    The management of late has made lot of progress, keep it up. Cleaned up the review system and embraced open-source. One major thing remaining for a complete turnaround is create the Microsoft culture, hire a new HR VP from industry who can swing the culture to a new high.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Best company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    > Working environment is exceptional.
    > Whole new world of Benefits and Perks.
    > Encourages Self Learning and Growth mindset.

    Cons

    > None so far so good.


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