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Updated April 28, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work with a couple of catches"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Site Merchandiser in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Site Merchandiser in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you love working on OneNote, Excel, Outlook and all the Offic 365 products than you'll love working here
    As one of the highest paying companies people that work here seem to love their jobs
    Most buildings offer great food in the cafes and you can't beat the complimentary beverages
    Shuttle service to and from the many MS buildings makes it convenient

    Cons

    Some of the web tools used to operate the site are very outdated
    I typically prefer Apple products so working on a PC daily can be a little challenging and frustrating at times
    Random layoffs, people rolling off, or people moving around to different teams, creates a little uncertainty in the job security.
    As a contractor your physical workspace/office can change regularly based on office space availability for FTE's

    Advice to Management

    Constant reorg's and people rolling off make it tough to find consistency in process across the various team structures


  2. "Great company to work for as long as you are in the right orgs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Smart people and great company

    Cons

    can be very political in certain positions


  3. "Performance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SDET2 in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - SDET2 in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    benefits are good. can learn new technology.

    Cons

    Very tedious. Was comparing the SDETs converted to SEs with SDEs the first year itself and the company's policy to wipe out SDETs even if you are sustaining as a developer. Eventually everyone who was a SDET once in their life were fired or laid off.

    Advice to Management

    The loyalty is not anymore there with the company.


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  5. "Good opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to make an impact. Great place to learn. Campus/benefits are fabulous. Relaxed/flexible environment.

    Cons

    Management is hit or miss. If you get placed on a team that is managed well you have endless opportunities. If management is not strong, you will be lost among the many other employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work, great work-life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft is a great place to work, and the benefits are top-notch, especially for families. The company offers great work-life balance for those who want it. The work itself can range from boring to very interesting depending on the team that you join. Regardless though, you'll be working with some of the smartest people you'll ever meet.

    Cons

    Like any large organization, Microsoft has its fair share of internal office politics and bureaucracy, which can slow down the product development process. Also, there's a lot of variation between orgs and teams at Microsoft, so two people's experiences of the place can be completely different depending on the team that they join.


  7. "Technical Writer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Contractor - Technical Writer in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Technical Writer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor

    Pros

    They treat you like you are the expert. They don't babysit you or micromanager, but do count on you to succeed or fail on your own merits. I love that kind of environment.

    Cons

    They go through contractors pretty quick. It is very hard to get a full-time job at Microsoft.


  8. "Changes keep on coming..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - General Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will work with some of the brightest minds in the industry. The technology is amazing if you are passionate about seeing the future, this is a great place to do it. Satya is a good leader who is genuinely trying to change the company for the better.

    Cons

    Its a big ship that takes a long time to turn, so many of the old mindsets are still highly prevalent in the organization. The key ones are:
    1) Arrogance: Yes, there are bright people here, but sadly people tend to believe their own press too much.
    2) Lack of customer centricity: Linked to #1, people believe they know more than customer do. Frankly, customer is a concept on a ppt slide. Part of the problem is that all global roles are a) based in Redmond b) rarely leave Redmond c) not directly linked to the field where the work actually happens d) spend their time building playbooks and strategy videos NO ONE actually reads or cares about.
    3) Linking words with action: the follow-through is non-existent. You sit in a meeting and the person will say, I will drive that and come back. They rarely do. Its such a large company and globally you are disconnected from the business in many groups so the accountability is not there.
    4) Leadership gaps: Leaders tend to be very isolated, at the CVP and GM levels, you engage them through their business managers who filter information to them. Most leaders also are more focused on making partner than developing their teams, sadly.
    5) You have to be in the Enterprise side, the consumer side is a trainwreck, led by people who have no clue what they are doing. Its also not a focus (outside of Office) for Satya. If you are a strong retail person, you will quickly see many serious challenges.

    Satya is driving change and its the right change, but the challenge is that while he has replaced many of the Senior Leaders who didn't buy into his game plan, the next level of management (GM) is still firmly entrenched in the ways of the past so will take a long time to make Microsoft a customer-centric, people-focused, agile organization and by that time, the market will have already moved on.

    Advice to Management

    Move from box checking to real accountability that starts with a genuine consideration for the customer, who you have neglected for a long time. Embrace a direction, either in or out of the consumer business, devices or just become an enterprise services company. If we were a person, we would be committed for our erratic behavior.


  9. "Great work-life balance."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge number of teams and projects to work on. Great work-life balance. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Slow career growth. Big company issues (politics, bureaucracy)


  10. "Principal Engineering Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Extremely political, takes aways from the good the company offers.

    Advice to Management

    Break the silos and a way to push management that uses their power to settle political scores.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, salary, ability to move around to other teams, products. Company has lots of irons in the fire which makes it a stable environment to work.

    Cons

    Lots and lots of meetings, top down decision making, lots of coasters and lack of bias to action to make the change required

    Advice to Management

    Adopting and implementing modern engineering practices and processes require new and different management, the success inhibitor is the existing management layers and buddy-buddy clans keeping each other alive


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