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  1. Helpful (1)

    Working at Microsoft

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    Former Employee - Director in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Great people is number one reason to work at Microsoft, regardless of what role or position, you will be surrounded by the most talented, passionate and driven people. You will have the opportunity to have impact at every level and be part of a very flat organization where you are truly a peer to everyone on various teams you'll work with. Great benefits and competitive compensation package is part of the attraction....

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    Cons

    Must be able to deal with ambiguity and constant organization changes and you will have much turnover in your management, especially your direct manager. Buckle up your seat belt, the ride can be unsettling if you are not used to constant change. You also cannot wait around to be told what to do and you must adhere to the fact that he or she who has a plan, however tentative will win the day in any meeting. You also...

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    Advice to Management

    Strive to maintain a balance and always remember that any group takes on the characteristics of its leadership and you must lead and resist to the temptation to manage. Clear, concise direction from leadership will create a slipstream across the organization. Always remember that it isn't a vision until someone else can see it

  2. Excellent place to work alongside brilliant minds.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Best environment to work in

    Cons

    Work / life balance can become hard after a while. Expectations are always high which creates pressure.

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    UX Consultant

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    Current Employee - User Experience Consultant in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Travel a lot, working with many different industries across various industries

    Cons

    Terrible internal politics, more resistance internally with Microsoft-own internal teams than externally with customers

    Advice to Management

    Solve the internal blaming game culture in Services and focus on result and outcome, instead of repeating Victim, Rescuer, Persecutor Karpman drama triangle and ignored customer outcome

  4. Helpful (5)

    No longer a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Obviously, its the center of the world for Microsoft technology.

    Cons

    Management quality varies widely from team to team. Ranges from good leaders to criminally abusive managers.

    Advice to Management

    Try treating people like people instead of like nameless numbers in a spreadsheet.

  5. It isn't all it's made out to be.

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Great benefits. Flexible hours. Cool work.

    Cons

    The biggest issue for me was their rush to get product out regardless of the quality. It chased a lot of dedicated, big customers away. Now the product they took over is being discontinued. They took a very good product and destroyed it. What a shame.

    Advice to Management

    Put customers and quality first.

  6. Practice Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Autonomy, Culture, Benefits, Opportunities, Market Leader, Breadth of Solutions, CEO's Leadership

    Cons

    Budgets not solutions drive sales motion

    Advice to Management

    Simply processess

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    Still evaluating Microsoft

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    Current Employee - Licensing Executive in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good and I have flexibility to work from home. Also the maternity and paternity leave is excellent (keep in mind this means your bonus is prorated)

    Cons

    Low compensation, lack of diversity, performance system is not clear because "impact" is subjective and the ability for advancement is limited

    Advice to Management

    Diversity doesn't mean hiring a lot of women, please also consider background and age. Take chances on people and promote them instead of making people jump through hoops. If a position is a L63 and a L62 applies for it and you make an offer it should be awarded as a L62 because if the person was external you would give them the benefit of the L63. There is a lack of transparency and too many games being played with people's...

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  8. Solution Sales Professional

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Flexibility - remote work. Good to great salary Great health care Great benefits Dynamic and solid company

    Cons

    High pressure culture. Experienced age based, and gender based bias continually. Microsoft shifts strategy each year - which really only gives it 9 months to execute. This means basically annual re-organizations, and poorly executed strategy is baked into the day-to-day. Change can be a very good thing, constant change creates constant instability.

    Advice to Management

    Think about a 2 year strategy cycle, rather than an annual one.

  9. Sr. Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Love the technology, flexible timings, tons of opportunities

    Cons

    abundant resources, can be overwhelming

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    Solutions Specialist

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    Current Employee - Solutions Specialist in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Compensation and Benefits Package Travel & Reimbursement Opportunities Flexibility & Freedom Remote/Telework/Home Office Work Culture

    Cons

    Middle Management, Poor Leadership A lack of Inclusion Lack of Training and Development Resource Management A Lack of Structure

    Advice to Management

    Invest in proper leadership training and learn to develop and support your directs.

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