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Updated November 20, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1947 reviews)

  • Working with really smart people who readily share their great insights is a humbling experience where everyone is treated as equals by all employees (in 1682 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1093 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 519 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1272)

    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

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    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. Helpful (12)

    "Great Company with excellent benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Change to work on emerging technologies
    Fantastic Benefits
    Most employees welcome collaboration
    CEO has reinvigorated the company

    Cons

    Older staff are laid off more frequently
    Layoffs seems to be the new norm around quarterly earnings announcement
    Revenue and profit is strong, yet layoffs persist for seemingly little business reason. A person is laid off, the job title changed and then a younger person is hired to replace them.

    Advice to Management

    Satya - you are a great business leader with great intuition on how to transform a company and their strategy. However, your new normal of layoffs is destroying morale after you inspired them with the new company direction. You said your son and wife instilled in you a level of empathy you did not have before. Unfortunately, you are not demonstrating this empathy by laying off thousands and hiring inexperienced college grads to replace season employees that have a history of accomplishment and success.

  3. "Premier Field Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits, trainings, open door policy

    Cons

    Work life balance, Travel, Evaluation


  4. "Stable and good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment for engineers
    Great benefits
    Stable company/stock

    Cons

    Below market pay
    Not innovating anymore

    Advice to Management

    Pay market rates for top engineers


  5. "Amazing company - Great outlook"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    401K Matching, Dental & Vision Care, Health Care, Bonuses and ESPP

    Cons

    There really isn't any cons. This company keeps getting better and better!


  6. "Great tech but the non-tech is a distractor"

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technology, great benefits, good pay, lots of really smart people

    Cons

    While Satya has made a lot of positive changes to the company that are making it relevant again...I feel he is also responsible for negatives like forced diversity and the acceptance of senior leadership being openly politically biased. I worked at Microsoft because I loved the technology, not because of the political views of the senior leadership. Watching keynotes at internal events now sometimes boarding on being at a political rally. It has created a tone that if you are not in step with those views...you may not be in the right place.

    Advice to Management

    Quit imposing your political views on the workers. Be more transparent in the review process. Communicate more...rumors are plentiful and leadership has been doing nothing to dispell them.


  7. "MS prev employer"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Manager
    Former Employee - Software Development Manager

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with one of the best technologists

    Cons

    Some products or divisions less innovative and interesting than others

  8. "Data Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    A lot to learn in your work.

    Cons

    I feel the pressure from the peers.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Stability, good tech, smart people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Stability, good tech, smart people

    Cons

    too big, things move slow sometimes.


  10. "mixed bonus distribution"

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    Current Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    challenging, rewarding with good benefits

    Cons

    bonuses depend more on your manager than on your performance


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