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Microsoft Redmond Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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  1. "Lots of oppotunities"

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

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

    Pros

    Broad and deep technologies, many talented people, good work life balance

    Cons

    Different organizations don't collaborate efficiently

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of political people, and give more sayings to developers


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    "Good envirnment"

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    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good opportunity to grow

    Cons

    so many seniors and they don't want to work

  3. "Good place for learning"

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    Current Employee - SDE-II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - SDE-II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Difficult to move within company


  4. "Wonderful summer at MSFT in Redmond, WA"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working with my team. Everyone was very supportive and encouraging.

    Cons

    The commute to the office can be long if you live in Seattle.


  5. "One of a kind internship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Hardware Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Hardware Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern

    Pros

    -Fantastic internship opportunity. I never felt like I was an intern, and always felt like I was part of the team
    -Real projects that have real impact in Microsoft's goals
    -Work/life balance is however you want to make of it
    -Internship program itself had lots of fun activities and events

    Cons

    -Microsoft is a huge organization, so sometimes populating access to websites and software took longer than it would at a smaller company


  6. "Awesome place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, great smart people, good benefits,

    Cons

    Competitive, can be secretive and some teams are a lot more open and collaborative than others.


  7. "Principal Program Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Company with a strong moral compass. Smart, motivated co-workers. Mostly solving hard problems.

    Cons

    A happy, sustainable workforce is a two-edged sword. On one hand, it's wonderful to developer a career in a diverse number of roles over many years with the same company. On the other hand, it means there's not as much cross-polination of ideas from outside the company. Microsoft would actually benefit from higher (voluntary) turn-over.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on generating customer value over internal opinions. Invert innovation so that management enables ICs rather than top-down direction-setting.

  8. "Still a long ways to go"

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    Former Employee - Technical Architect in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Technical Architect in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A world-class organization, fantastic breadth and depth, amazing scope and possibilities.

    Cons

    Severe work environment, complete focus on self, money and personal ambition.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink your true values, be a better member and caretaker of the ecosystem in which we all live.


  9. "Technical Recruiter"

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    Current Contractor - Technical Recruiter in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Technical Recruiter in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A significant shift in company culture as new CEO arrived. MSFT now embraces Open Source. The companies primary business pillars are relevant to future growth in technology: Cloud, Mobility, and Security.

    Cons

    Core technical jobs require being based in Redmond, WA.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward and take care of your people.


  10. "Software Developer experience at Microsoft"

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    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft pays well, and have lots of good benefits with resources to help with the benefits. They really do care about their employees there, and will give the resources needed to get the job done more often than not.

    Cons

    They have a habit of laser-focusing developers into a single area of development. While internal transfer opportunities are avalaible, it's like re-interviewing for your own job, and if you're moving from, say, cloud development to web development, it can be very difficult. Don't expect full-stack roles.

    Advice to Management

    Give better transparent feedback to your direct reports - especially to skip level ones if it's appropriate.


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