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Updated July 21, 2017
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  1. "Awesome work environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Super smart and driven people to work with!

    Cons

    Be sure to maintain a work-life balance. It's easy to focus too much on work with it's a challenging project!

    Advice to Management

    Stay competitive with Amazon! We're loosing too much talent!


  2. "great company moving in the right direction as cloud and business focused"

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    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

    well established company; deep pocket and great level of resource

    Cons

    changes can be slow; too many re-orgs

    Advice to Management

    bump up employee total compensation to keep up with other tier 1 internet and tech companies, such as Facbook, Amazon, Apple, and Google

  3. "Microsoft"

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    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 10 years)

    Pros

    One of the best companies in the world. I've been here since 1995 and I have seen a few things. I can't imagine working somewhere else, but maybe I could.

    Cons

    Some things, not easy to articulate. People, expectations, alpha.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it real for old timers.


  4. "Great place for good people"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart engineers have the ability to do very well here. Take ownership of your career and your product.

    Cons

    Lots of employees means that it's difficult to stand out if you aren't one of the hardest working and brightest.

    Advice to Management

    One phrase "Analysis Paralysis". We need to rework our processes on our older codebases to enable faster innovation. We need testers back on some products too.


  5. "Great company, CEO, and culture"

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    Culture and smart talented people

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and politics in getting things done

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of senior leaders who don't align to our culture


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Microsoft is undergoing a transformation"

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    - Great health package
    - Good work-life balance
    - Employer really cares (great HR!)

    Cons

    - Empire building can be seen
    - Microsoft tends to throw money at problems instead of holding people accountable; too many people take their jobs for granted and don't bring in their A game to work (great place if you are hardworking, detail-oriented and humble - easy to rise among peers)

    Advice to Management

    Don't throw money at problems. Hold people accountable.


  7. "Software Engineering Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Large customer base, innovative projects, agility

    Cons

    No Cons at this time

  8. "Software Engineer 2"

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    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

    Good company. Willing to stay for more years.

    Cons

    Makes you too comfortable. So fight hard for your career.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing very serious. All good.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Microsoft Services"

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

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

    Pros

    - Exciting and challenging work environment
     - Good pay with excellent benefits
     - No stories of people crying at their desks (like at another local tech company)
     - World-class competition and disrupters facilitate an environment where innovation and risk-taking are encouraged

    Cons

    - Big set of products and services across the gamut of IT makes it challenging to coordinate and align activities
     - Legacy products and customers can be a drag on competing against companies born in the cloud

    Advice to Management

    - The Senior Leadership Team has the company on the right track strategically, leveraging the company's strengths to open up new opportunities with our competitors/partners.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Strategy Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Strategy Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Satya has really turned around the culture. Work-life balance is great and the compensation & benefits are great.
    The employees here are also very talented. It's actually a funny balance, they are talented enough to be motivated, yet people aren't over-qualified (like some other tech companies) which means it's reasonable to work on a meaningful project.

    Cons

    It can feel bureaucratic (read: slow) at times. Not much different than any other large tech company.


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