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Updated September 13, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Working at Microsoft"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 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. You will learn from your mistakes and as long as they are the same mistake repeated, you will thrive which is unusual in it's own right.

    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 must maintain a high energy and always meet your objectives at a minimum while exceeding expectations is considered a must or you will be shuffled out quickly.

    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. Helpful (4)

    "UX Consultant"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 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

  3. Helpful (4)

    "No longer a good place to work"

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

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


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

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 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.


  5. "Practice Manager"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Still evaluating Microsoft"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 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 careers and livelihood....no one wants to play Russian Roulette with their career


  7. "Solution Sales Professional"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 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.

  8. "Sr. Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Love the technology, flexible timings, tons of opportunities

    Cons

    abundant resources, can be overwhelming


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Solutions Specialist"

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

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


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Run screaming away from any Services Job"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent, lots of new tech to learn all the time? Brand recognition.

    Cons

    Leadership is completely incompetent in services. They are changing constantly, creating havoc, and appear completely deaf to the issues they create. Their internal Poll system that measures happiness seems potentially fake, as the results continue to be way higher than the sentiment. If you see Services in the job title or management chain, get far, far away. Anand has ruined the organization and continues to drive it into the ground.

    Benefits shrink almost every year, and things as simple as getting a new pc now takes 3 years. They only follow, never lead, and love process and policy, I mean love it. Whoever mentioned it's only a great place for lawyers is dead on.

    Advice to Management

    If you claim to be customer focused, then actually focus on customers. Take a page from all of the smaller more nimble companies and actually remove the restrictions of process to let people do their jobs. Making everything a one size fits all, worldwide approach has destroyed direct interaction.


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