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Updated July 24, 2017
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  1. "Software Engineer 2"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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

    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Microsoft Services"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Pay good, but FTE work/life balance can be terrible, depending on team"

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

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

    Pros

    - Good Salary
    - Good Benefits
    - There are some fun products / franchises to work on

    Cons

    - In some departments, a constant 50-60 hours/week with no extra compensation is silently expected on top of strict core hours. Only want to work 40 hours/week? Expect to fall behind and be replaced by someone willing to do 50-60.
    - Want to take a vacation? Good luck finding someone to cover your work. During a 40 hour period, I had to do 60 hours week before and 60 hours week after a 1-week vacation to stay caught up, and still had to use my vacation days. Can't trade OT for time off.
    - Depending on manager, feedback on performance may be good (early, actionable) or bad (too late, in-actionable).
    - Mid-to-upper management is all about coming up with fancy-sounding ideas and initiatives full of buzzwords that everyone else is forced to follow, but in reality these "initiatives" tend to be poorly thought-out, huge time wasters, and are obviously only there to pad management's commitments so they get good reviews and bonuses
    - Lots of office politics. In many cases, advancement/bonuses/etc. are all about "looking good" to the right people, not actually being good at your job
    - Constantly pushing good ICs to become mediocre managers instead of letting them become *great* ICs. This results in ICs that are great at knowing one tech / area / etc. being forced to own multiple areas at a much lower level of fluency and be less effective.
    - Microsoft as a whole feels relatively clueless about making new products that customers actually want. Windows Phone is just one example of how Microsoft can totally shoot themselves in the foot, Skype hasn't had a major update in years and is losing ground to fast-moving newcomers, etc. Depending on what you work on, there's a chance that it simply won't matter or exist in the next few years, which is frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    - Reduce culture of constantly forcing people to work 50-60 hours/week to remain competitive
    - Reduce expectations of management to come up with new initiates / projects that don't need to exist and are just created to pad their commitments


  4. "Big company with big politics"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great benefits, interesting opportunities and challenges, ongoing opportunities to learn and grow, global impact, desire to value diversity

    Cons

    Politics get you ahead so be prepared to play the game. Great work isn't good enough. Diversity is talked about but the reality is that it's not fully embraced.


  5. "Software Engineer 2"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to move around a grow

    Cons

    You need to focus on your job growth


  6. "Program Manager @ Azure"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Azure is awesome place to work !!

    Cons

    Stay away from Windows Devices and groups.. its all about politics


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture and place to be...sometimes a tad crazy though"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn and grow and grow at scale
    Open to new things now and not so closed off as in the past
    Truly collaborative within your team and getting better outside of your immediate teams...
    Embrace the concepts of being able to leverage each other all the time (and now expect this across the Company) + contributing to other's success (not just a tagline but truly happens).
    Correct CEO- excellent leader and just what we needed to become relevant again

    Cons

    Work Life Balance can sometimes be a challenge (not too crazy like Amazon) but you have to really manage your own boundaries otherwise it will consume you
    Can be a bit difficult to navigate and know who is who in order to get stuff done- highly matrixed
    Political in some groups meaning who likes who, who has a good rep and using that to their advantage otherwise if you don't play that game you are left in the dust
    Pay is fine but not as strong as it should be
    For our org specifically, we do not really reward people for the work they really produce or make impact on (there are still some pockets of the old ways in HR).

    Advice to Management

    Change some of the HR leaders in HR so that we can truly be world class and not be left behind.
    Hold managers accountable, truly, for being good managers and vice versa- we say this and try to do this but as a Company, there is NOT a forcing mechanism for people managers to be truly good managers and conversely to shore up bad managers (there are still bad managers rampant in our system and very entrenched.)
    Satya- you are doing a ROCK STAR job, just push your LT to live the values that you show us works... there are still some who struggle and that can bring down the entire org.


  9. "Great place to make a career"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent compensation and benefits
    Great work/life balance
    Unique opportunities to work on world changing problems
    Easy to transition between groups/teams
    Access to resources

    Cons

    Bureaucracy slows decision making and execution
    Poor collaboration between groups
    Career stagnation if you aren't careful

    Advice to Management

    Fight NIH more --- embrace open source even more
    Do fewer things better --- make hard decisions about company priorities


  10. "Great company to work for, especially at early levels in your career."

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

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

    Pros

    Generally, empowers employees to learn and succeed with lots of resources.
    Fast-paced.
    Great compensation and benefits.
    Smart people.

    Cons

    High corporate strategy fluctuation. ex: Nokia purchase. Hopefully, it stabilizes under new CEO.
    Work-life balance may be hampered based on tight delivery schedules.
    Like all companies, your experience will vary based on the group and manager.


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