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Updated May 26, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1094)

    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop.

    2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice.

    3. Even with it's struggles MSFT is still a cash printing machine. This means if you can keep your nose clean and do reasonable work, you can have a stable job, pay your bills, feed your family, and not worry (too much) about layoffs. The stock you own likely won't tank, but probably won't go up much either. You'll get a bonus each year and some stock. It's a decent life if you aren't looking to light the world on fire.

    Cons

    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies.

    Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand out" and move up in the company. Don't expect your manager to be much of an advocate or enabler to help you meet your career goals - they are basically trying to survive the stack rank every year too. Not familiar with the stack rank? Check out the 2012 Vanity Fair article called "Microsoft's Lost Decade".

    Advice to Management

    I'll type it here - but I don't they are listening...
    1. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities.
    2. Kill/evolve the stack rank. Here's basically how it's viewed:. 30% of the company gets 1s and 2s - and they are happy. 50% get 3s and that basically feels like getting a "C" in school. This sucks for talented people when a multitude of UNCONTROLLABLE conditions keep you from getting into 1 or 2 range. The 20% getting anything below a 3 are walking dead. In summary, 70% of the company walk away from the review cycle feeling like crap. This is no good.

    After 10 years, I'm leaving - it's just a matter of time until I find the right opportunity. I need to find a company spends 90% of it's time building technology experiences, as opposed to 90% of its time building PowerPoints. And I expect to refuse the exit interview - because if you really cared what I thought, you wouldn't ask me after I decided to leave.


  2. "Customer Experience Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leader in retail experiences
    Great Benefits
    Work Life Balance
    Amazing leadership

    Cons

    Slow growth in retail
    Limited retail positions
    Frustrating retail oriented technology


  3. "Solutions Architect"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic changes with Satha Nadellas leadership and initiatives. Great flexibility and attitude from the company and Azure growth is phenomenal and game changes for the company and the industry

    Cons

    Pay struct and comp can be better but nothing too bad to complain about. I have nothing much to add here

    Advice to Management

    Keep driving what you are driving


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  5. "Senior Lead Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Work with best people! Have a wide diversity of products. Fast paced environment with opportunities to grow in your career and to learn new technologies!

    Cons

    Work life balance can be challenging at times


  6. "Principle SDE"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to build your career! Determined to build high-quality products. Big scope. A lot of options inside the company to choose from.

    Cons

    Some teams may have some politics.


  7. "Senior Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility to work at home some days for most roles and groups. Great benefits. Depending on the manager/role/team you feel ownership and accountability.

    Cons

    your success and happiness really is tied to who your manager is and what group you are in. each group at microsoft has its own culture and politics.


  8. "Retail Store"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Learning Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Retail Learning Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Culture and employee Benefits

    Cons

    Work life balance is inconsistant


  9. "Underpaid"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Giant of a company, lots of teams, lots to learn

    Cons

    Slow to shift, underpaid compared to competition

    Advice to Management

    Pay or lose talent


  10. "OK experience at MSFT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Sales in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open minded, freedom to explore, great salary & bonus package.

    Cons

    The processes are cumbersome like most larger organizations. Regardless of how well you do in Sales, you always have a target on your back. All this talk of protecting jobs especially with the visas and the uptick in the stock price - yet they still lay off thousands of jobs in FY17.


  11. "Great Company if you don't have a terrible manager"

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

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

    Pros

    They give you a lot, my favorite had to be the Connector service. I hate driving to work, so I really enjoyed sitting back and being whisked to work on a daily basis, without having to deal with the stress of traffic. Everything else is pretty much on par with other big tech companies.

    Cons

    The hire managers, based on their IC accomplishments, so you can get a manager who should have never been a manager, that is terrible at their job, and gives you no support. Some people should just never be in managing people, even after training, because they are just terrible at relating to and caring about people other than themselves and their "pets".

    Advice to Management

    Managers should have an aptitude for managing people, you should put some tests in place for determining this, and when an employee complains about a manager, follow up and investigate by talking to their other employees.


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