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Updated February 14, 2019
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  1. "Great work culture"

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    The work culture helps learn a lot and grow into a great engineer. There is a good growth mindset.

    Cons

    Need to understand the politics and be self driven about career growth in terms of ladder.


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    "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. "A great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great people
    - fun and challenging work
    - leadership
    - benefits

    Cons

    - limited opportunities to learn non-Microsoft technologies


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great company - you will be busy"

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

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

    Pros

    Employees are empowered to make good choices

    Cons

    The company under Satya is going in the right direction but there are still groups with dysfunctional leaders.


  5. "Have a very good work and life balance"

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is very good.

    Cons

    Sometimes the user is not happy with project.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Lead in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Lead in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture to continue improving personally and as a company

    Cons

    Big company, can at times feel disconnected.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Something For Everyone"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft being as large as it is feels like a company of companies. There seems to be something for every interest, be it solving enterprise problems (Azure, Dynamics, ...), into consumer products (Xbox, Surface, Mixer, ...), e-commerce, research, education, etc.

    This also applies to organization sizes and work style (e.g. startup-y, more structured, etc).

    Cons

    Some organizations are nicer to work in/with than others. It is worth asking about micro-culture details when joining to see how they align with your likes.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Microsoft"

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

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

    Pros

    Satya, benefits, smart people, cultural values

    Cons

    Too many meetings; re-orgs, heavy management structure


  9. "Don't accept this position if you aren't planning on being a career admin/executive assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Flexible work life balance
    -Great benefits
    -Friendly employees
    -Commuter benefits (if you live in Seattle and are able to ride the connector)

    Cons

    -Little to no training for this role
    -Peers are inconsistent not overly passionate about working
    -Administrators are treated poorly, like the bottom of the food chain
    -No bonus or stock bonus (even though every person on the team you are working for will get one EOY except you)
    -Culture is stuffy and traditional
    -Peers only want to help you grow if you are planning on being a "career admin"
    -Poor compensation


  10. "Opportunity Abounds"

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

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

    Pros

    Microsoft compensates well and there is plenty of opportunity of all kinds.

    Cons

    The old-school top-down micro-managy culture has not gone away yet.

    Advice to Management

    Empowering engineers means moving decision making as close to the work as possible. You need to get comfortable with different teams doing things different ways and being successful. Define success and don't worry so much about the how unless there are security or compliance concerns. One- is not actually a god thing.


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