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Microsoft Redmond Reviews

Updated December 6, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1965 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 1686 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1099 reviews)

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

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  1. "Big company. Lots of products!"

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to work on products that influence billions of people. Beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Big company that moves slowly on product decisions.


  2. "Finance PM @ Microsoft"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    pays well, good place for personal development

    Cons

    somewhat negative environment/culture, highly siloed

  3. "Good Pay But Don't Expect To Move Up Anytime Soon"

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

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

    Pros

    Great resources; great work space; great work life balance

    Cons

    Poor management; back-stabbing employees (especially those who've been at the co around 10-15 years); and lack of recognition

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the coasters who are simply resting and vesting.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Challenging work with smart coworkers but emphasis on soft skills and politics at senior level"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good rewards if career driven and good at communicating visibility. Flexible time especially if you can deliver output with quality on schedule. Good middle manager can make the experience good and shields you from political randomization.

    Cons

    overemphasis on communication and politics and easy to burnout if poor at estimating/committing. Even though abolished in name, 6 month reviews still use old stack ranking in 2017 across peers and sister teams at your band level. internal engineering infrastructure is klunky and subpar compared to industry open source. Too much use of slow/buggy internal proprietary tooling. Tech stack is too much microsoft-built proprietary half-baked, buggy. zero/horrible documentation and too much reliance on email distribution list support for any layer of the stack. Your experience is a function of ability of manager and the team culture. Top contributors can get slighted by average/subpar devs during review time based on politics.

    Advice to Management

    Get HR to truly abolish stack ranking and embrace industry standards and tech stacks internally instead of bolting those on to give the appearance that microsoft supports open source platforms and is not the negative and fierce environment with peers that it is.


  5. "Content Developer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Content Developer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Content Developer in Redmond, WA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Your work may impact millions of customers. Opportunities to work on a wide range of software products -- consumer, IT Pro, developer -- and with diverse, intelligent, creative and dedicated people. Great environment for life-long learners, with strong corporate commitment to on-the-job and other types of training.

    Cons

    Despite many tweaks to the review system over the years, old habits die hard and stack ranking still happens. Stack ranking in small groups (ie under 25 or so) lowers morale and discourages true teamwork. It can pit managers against each other and put them in the awkward position of having to explain a low ranking that's more about politics than performance and impact. It also can make less appealing to work on a high functioning team, since it'll be harder to differentiate yourself and your work.

    Advice to Management

    Don't ask your first-level managers to stack rank their small groups. Avoid making sweeping decisions about how to allocate budget on rankings unless you're willing to lose good performers if you've forced their managers to stack rank in small groups. Do a better job of including age in your diversity goals.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to start up career."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay with good benefits.

    Cons

    Don't stay too long. It's not worth it. There are a lot of things happening in the world that may not be seen from within the Microsoft bubble.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees more for the sake of the company. Employee appreciation has faded considerably. Good pay and benefits are not enough anymore. I would suggest higher quality managers for a start.


  7. "SCOM Engineer"

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    Current Contractor - SCOM Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - SCOM Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good company to work for

    Cons

    they are changing how they work with vendors

    Advice to Management

    support the vendors

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Meh, benefits are great depends on group you are in"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, flexibility, good for your resume, lots of internal training and information available

    Cons

    Even though they have a new CEO and purpose in life, there are still too many "old school" Microsofties and politics going on to say they are really progressive. Plus, the are on a steady diet of laying off people and replacing with H1Bs. Make no mistake this is a real business plan for MS

    Advice to Management

    Cull old school MS and their "empire building" and "not built here" approach to solving business problems.


  9. "Good work life balance but not interesting work"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay for a new grad
    No on call and good work life balance
    Individual office

    Cons

    As new grad, I was assigned to a team at random, which happened to be a team was least interested in or skilled at.
    To switch, I had to go through multiple interviews loop. By the time I prepare for them, I am already ready to switch company.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the new grad gets a say about where they want to work.
    Make team transfer easier.


  10. "Microsoft is good for some"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great Pay and Benefits. Can work remote.

    Cons

    Work Life Balance is hard to find especially for those working on global teams. Favorable Bias for those who are more aggressive and comfortable risk-takers.


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