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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
    Recommends
    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!


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    "Great benefits"

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

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

    Pros

    World class benefits, work/life balance is up to the individual to define (though this probably varies by team), interesting & impactful work on products that everyone recognizes

    Cons

    Inter-team work still could improve (working with some teams can feel like a fight, but most teams are good), minimal training/onboarding for new hires

  3. "Need more organization at the mid level management"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    lots of opportunities to learn and grow and many places to shine. There are many diverse teams and you can find work that you will enjoy doing even if its contract work. Lots of contract opportunities as it seems that the bulk of the actual work gets done by contractors

    Cons

    constant re-organization and inability for continuity means that they reinvent the wheel a lot and loose valuable intelligence and expertise with the shuffling around. New policies are strict about letting FTE people work remotely and limit roles for many people who have worked remotely for a long time at Microsoft to continue to do so and are now requiring them to hire out of Redmond.

    Advice to Management

    Keep and value your talent and allow for flexible working environments even if that means that you hire offsite FTE roles. Stop re-arranging roles and orgs just for the sake of it and encourage continuity and growth and quality in what everyone does, not just mediocrity.


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    "Good Company"

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    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

    Excellent benefits, good employees, great benefits

    Cons

    too much red tape around things, takes a long time to move on somethings


  5. "excellent work environment"

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    Current Contractor - Service Engineer, SQL Database Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Service Engineer, SQL Database Administrator in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    work environment, ethics, process, benefits

    Cons

    nothing to mention. NO cons


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    "Program Manager"

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    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft takes the time to hire great people, typically resulting in healthy teams.
    The culture has shifted to customer-centric and is growth oriented.
    Highly competitive benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Layoffs are fairly common as the company shifts priorities and struggles to compete with Cloud.
    Reorg's can be overly frequent and disruptive due to poor advance planning.
    Large company bureaucracy... Ambiguous or unnecessarily complex job responsibilities can slow down productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace growth mindset behaviors and allow the team flexibility and safe space for errors as they learn. Be aware of and eliminate passive, less obvious micromanagement habits. Microsoft is particularly focused on retaining talented managers.


  7. "Ever Changing"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of different teams, makes for lots of mini-companies within the company. Varied positions and opportunities to change roles, or change career focus.

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs. Very tough to continue the momentum or even get further groundswell. Once you think that there is traction, the company or team does another reorg and priorities are shifted, responsibilities changed and you start all over again. The challenge with that is now what you did before no longer exists.

    Advice to Management

    Set a 3 year plan across the business divisions. Think visionary - not what is at the tip of the nose - by being big and bold - this should eliminate the constant churn. I am on my 5th reorg in 6 months!

  8. "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


  9. "Great company, CEO, and culture"

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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 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


  10. "Good company, not as good mid managers"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Company is heading the right direction.

    Cons

    Some teams can be very political, and your success can depend on whether you are part of the inner circle.

    Advice to Management

    get rid of layers of management, they add no value , but distraction.


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